Fall is officially here! I can’t tell you how excited I am to pull out my boots, scarves, sweaters, and grab a warm cup of tea. I would say a pumpkin latte, but that’s cliche and I can’t handle any form of coffee or latte at this stage in my pregnancy. I’ve got 7 weeks to go until our little guy makes his grand entrance into a blaze of red, orange, and yellow leaves (obviously not literally, I’m not that crunchy. I’m delivering at John Hopkins with a large medical team and the best meds money can buy…or the insurance company approves).
To usher in the season, my little town of Westminster celebrated Fallfest! Four days of celebrating Fall and our community. It was incredible to see how our town pulled together and put on Carroll County’s largest community event. Fallfest is listed in Southern Living as one of Maryland’s top attractions. So proud!
Thursday night’s parade kicked off the festival. We met up with a few of our friends to watch colorful floats pass by, local school bands play familiar tunes, decorated fire engines beeping their horns to the twins’ delight, etc. Before the night was over, 1st place was awarded to the Savage Dance Company who performed a flashmob dance during the parade, the twins rode carnival rides, and cornhole champions were crowned at the park across the way (also known as bean bag toss for anyone confused by the title).
Friday night was Midnight Madness in downtown. In addition to the carnival staying open late and a roller rink set up in Westminster City Park, all the shops and restaurants stayed open until midnight. Main Street was shut down for a car show. People filled the streets and sidewalks as they went in and out of shops. There were free horse drawn carriage rides around downtown. Laughter and live music filled the air. It was magical; something you’d see in Stars Hollow.
I felt like I was back in my early twenties hitting the town with some girlfriends, listening to street bands, shopping at my favorite stores, Cultivated and The Mission Store and dining under the stars at Artisan Wine Co.
I crashed around 12AM and woke up early to take the kids to the farmers’ market, carnival, and historical reenactment on Saturday morning. Matt and I had a blast watching the twins light up with excitement! It’s magical seeing your children experience life in new ways and relive your own childhood all at the same time.
Sunday was a lazy day for us! We were worn out from all the fun! We went to church, watched football and took the kids for ice cream at a local farm. Although we didn’t attend the festival on Sunday, I was told there was an arts and craft show and cheerleading exposition. I was sad to see all the festivities come to an end, but look forward to the upcoming Spooktacular Halloween Fest in about a month from now when Main Street is transformed into a Halloween extravaganza, lined with street vendors, food, and trick or treaters. All the stores open their doors to the hundreds of children decked out in their favorite characters and super heroes. I’ve never seen so many children or candy in one place! Did I mention how much I love Fall?!
I had a smile plastered on my face all weekend. I love everything about my small town. From the parades to the festivals, from the ma and pa shops to the boutiques, the strolls down Main Street bumping into friends everywhere you go, it all feels reminiscent of simpler times. I’m so thankful we get to call this place home and raise a family here. If you’re ever in the area, you have to come and visit our little town.