Masco sponsorship, more activities part of the first Taylor Fall Festival of the Arts on Oct. 2-3

The Taylor Fall Festival of the Arts will include even more activities when it debuts Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3, at Heritage Park.

The two-day festival is presented by the City of Taylor Department of Golf, Parks and Recreation and Masco Corporation – a longtime sponsor of the arts in Taylor. The event is a result of the city combining the former Taylor Fall Fest and summertime Art in the Park Festival into one large event that is expected to draw even larger crowds.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The park is located at 12111 Pardee Road.

On Saturday and Sunday, 40 artists will sell their goods on the pathway of the historic village surrounding Heritage Park’s Coan Lake. Professional artwork will be sold in the Pavilion Art Exhibit inside the Heritage Park Activity Building. Each exhibiting artist will receive a personal invitation from Leo and Sue Kuschel, who are members of the City of Taylor Cultural Arts Commission.

Here is the schedule for Saturday, October 2:

  • Arts and Crafts Vendors
  • Free pumpkin decorating (while supplies last)
  • Free hayrides
  • Caramel apple making for $1
  • Cider and doughnut combo for $1
  • Hot dog, chips and pop combo for $3
  • Ride-all-day interactive inflatable attractions for $5
  • Pony rides for $5
  • DJ playing kids’ favorite songs with karaoke

Here is the schedule for Sunday, October 3:

  • Arts and Crafts Vendors
  • Children’s baking competition (ages 8-14), 11 a.m. to Noon
  • Children’s talent competition (ages 8-16), 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Bill the Balloon Man
  • •Chili by Chef Barney
  • Gordon Russ “Spooky Monster Magic Show,” featuring the always-clever Frankenstein’s Monster, Witchy Poo and the magically appearing Spooky the Ghost, 1 and 3 p.m.
  • DAG Youth Theater group performance, 4 p.m.
  • Pony rides for $5

The Taylor Cultural Arts Commission will sell the food items, with proceeds benefiting the Taylor Friends of the Arts.

In addition, noted animal photographer Karen Taylor of Taylor will be raising money for Shadow's Food Pantry by taking autumn portraits behind Heritage Bark in the train at Heritage Park. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Shadow's Food Pantry provides pet food to needy families who face the daily decision of having to feed themselves or their dogs or cats.

The City of Taylor thanks Masco Corporation, Taylor Ford, Oakwood Heritage Hospital and the United Auto Workers for their sponsorship.

There is a $3 registration fee for children interested in participating in the baking and talent competitions on October 3. Registration is open through September 29 at the Department of Golf, Parks and Recreation Office at 22805 Goddard Road. Prizes will be awarded in various categories.

For art vendor information, contact Lora Dillingham at (734)374-4033.