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Don’t Miss the Downtown Holland Fall Fest This Weekend!

A 945 pound pumpkin…and lots of family fun is heading to Downtown Holland and the Holland Farmers Market this weekend for the annual Fall Fest! Downtown Holland and the Holland Farmers Market have partnered with the Holland Visitors Bureau, Tulip Time and Windmill Island Gardens to expand this year’s Fall Fest offerings. During this two-day event held Friday October 8 and Saturday, October 9, the entire community is invited to celebrate everything there is to love about fall, with professional pumpkin carving, pumpkin painting, street performers, community tulip planting, an artisan market at Windmill Island Gardens, fall walking tours and more! Fall Fest is proudly sponsored by Crown Motors, member of West Michigan Honda, with in-kind support from Biggby Coffee, Boeve Farm, Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market, the Courtyard Marriott and Fris Supply Shop.

“Crown Honda and the West Michigan Honda dealers happily serve the good people of Michigan with providing great vehicles and excellent service,” said Crown Motors General Manager Brad Siegers, “Crown is thankful for the opportunity to support Downtown Holland and all the great events we are blessed to experience as a community together.”

Fall Fest kicks on Friday, October 8 with Community Tulip Planting from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, hosted by Tulip Time. Visitors and community members can visit the Tulip Time website (www.tuliptime.com) to sign up for a time slot to help plant 75,000 of Holland’s famous tulip bulbs at Window On The Waterfront in Downtown Holland! All volunteers will be treated to complimentary donuts from Bowerman’s Blueberry Market and coffee from Biggby Coffee of Holland. Gardening gloves are recommended, but all other tools and instructions will be provided onsite.

Fall Fest continues on Friday, October 8 with eight of the nation’s best professional pumpkin carvers, including Food Network alumni, appearing in Downtown Holland from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The carvers will spend the afternoon and evening carving jack-o-lanterns all along 8th Street in Downtown Holland. And trust us, these aren’t the same jack-o-lanterns you’ll see on everyone’s doorstep on Halloween! At 7:00 pm, the jack-o-lanterns will be lit from within and will remain on display until 10:00 pm that night for visitors to explore while strolling through Downtown Holland.

Master ice sculptor and acclaimed pumpkin carver Greg Butauski from Rock On Ice in Columbus, Ohio will also be carving a 949-pound pumpkin in GDK Park during the two day Fall Fest. The pumpkin was acquired by Downtown Holland from Harnica Pumpkin Farm in Dundee, Michigan. The pumpkin will arrive in Downtown Holland on Friday morning and will be carved by Butauski beginning Friday afternoon through Saturday evening.

On Saturday, October 9, the professional pumpkin carvers will appear at the Holland Farmers Market from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, carving incredible 3D sculptures onsite. Children can also paint their own pumpkins to bring home during that time for just $1.00 per pumpkin, with all pumpkins provided by Boeve Farm and painting supplies provided by Fris Supply Shop in Downtown Holland.

The Holland Farmers Market will be open from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm that day, stocked full thanks to the bountiful autumn harvest. Visitors will find seasonal décor items, including pumpkins, gourds, mums and corn shocks at the Market, along with apples of every variety, squash, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, carrots and other root vegetables. And as always, you can pick up bread and baked goods, farm-raised and fresh caught meat, honey and maple syrup and a wide variety of specialty foods and beverages while you’re there.

The Community Tulip Planting will continue on Saturday morning at Window On The Waterfront from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Tulip Time will also be offering guided fall walking tours throughout Downtown Holland that day from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. Each tour is approximately an hour and a half long and covers one and a half miles. Tour participants can enjoy the beauty Downtown Holland while learning the dynamic past and present of Holland. Tour highlights include Hope College, Dimnent Chapel, Pillar Church, Centennial Park and unique architecture sites. Tours are $25 per person and tickets must be purchased in advance at www.tuliptime.com.

Tulip Time will also be hosting an all-new Artisan Market at Windmill Island Gardens from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm as part of Fall Fest on Saturday, October 9. Over 50 local artisans and crafters will be selling their works as part of this juried show. Visitors can shop for hand-crafted jewelry, home décor, artwork, clothing, specialty foods and more! Entry to the Artisan Market is just $5.00 per person, which also includes the opportunity to tour the beautiful gardens at Windmill Island and to visit the Dutch attractions, including the DeZwaan Windmill, the historic Dutch carousel, the miniature Dutch village and much more. Professionally-carved pumpkins will also be on display throughout Windmill Island Gardens during the Artisan Market.

The Fall Fest fun continues in Downtown Holland on Saturday, October 9 too! The professional pumpkin carvers will return to 8th Street from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm that day to continue carving 3D pumpkin displays. Watch these talented artists at work all afternoon long, then be sure to return later on in the evening from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm to see their finished masterpieces! While you’re strolling among the shops and restaurants in Downtown Holland, be sure to be on the look-out for the professionally-carved pumpkins on display that have been commissioned by our Downtown Holland businesses too! To add to the fun for families, street performers will also be performing on 8th Street from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, including musicians, face painters, balloon twisters and more!

Special Fall Fest hotel packages are available in Holland at the Best Western Plus, Doubletree by Hilton and the Hilton Home 2 Suites. Ask for the Fall Fest Package when you make your reservation to receive a complimentary tote bag from the Holland Area Visitors Bureau, filled with fun souvenirs, special weekend discounts to Downtown Holland restaurants and free admission to the Artisan Market at Windmill Island Gardens! For details on the hotel packages available, please visit the Holland Visitors Bureau website at www.holland.org.

For more information on all of the Fall Fest happenings, a complete schedule of events and a map to all of the activities, be sure to visit the official event website at www.hollandfallfest.com or contact the Holland Visitors Bureau at 616.394.0000.