The Harmony Park Farmers Market was crawling with mythical creatures, funny characters, superheroes and more on Saturday, Oct. 31, to celebrate Halloween, trick-ortreat and compete in a children’s costume contest during the weekly market.
There were crowds of people present to purchase the wares of market vendors who passed out candy to the little ones in their costumes.
Many vendors have been a part of the market for years and the joy on their faces was visible when the children came to show off their costumes and ask for candy.
“I think everyone is going to have to win in this contest,” said one attendee. “I don’t know how they’re going to pick.”
At around 11 a.m., a group of around 20 costumed children, aging from 12 years to 8 months old, gathered under the pavilion for the costume contest. The organizers quickly realized the decisions would be hard to make so they decided to let the crowd decide with the volume of their cheers. The cheers were hard to compare, as everyone was excited to support the children in their festive Halloween outfits.
Twelve-year-old Lanie Nistler won the 10-12 age group with her spooky injured maid costume. Lynnie Manley, 7, won the 5-9 age group with her cute scarecrow costume. The winner of the youngest age group was 8-month-old Shiloh Ware who was dressed as a baby owl in the nest. The winners received miniature trophies and a small toy.
After the contest ended, the children continued to trick-or-treat at each vendor’s tent while their parents shopped until the market ended at noon.
Lee Heffernan, the marketer for Harmony Park said, “This year the market has been so busy that we have decided to extend it through December 19. When I started a year ago, we had five vendors. By the end of the season, we had 40 vendors and this year we have about 60. It’s been amazing. People like it.”
She said one of her favorite parts of working for Harmony Park is the relationships she has made with each and every vendor that attends the farmers market.
“Everybody’s got a story,” she explained. “They’re each their own business.”
She said that the farmers market will continue each weekend between 8 a.m. and noon until Saturday, Dec. 19 due to demand for the farmers market to continue.