LOWER MILFORD – Enjoying a warm autumn day, Lower Milford Township residents held their 8th Annual Fall Festival at the Municipal Building grounds here on Sept. 25. Horse carriage rides, pulled pork sandwiches, live bluegrass music performances, and plenty more excitement welcomed visitors to the annual event. Abundant sunshine and temperatures in the mid-80s made it seem more like summer than fall, allowing guests to leave their jackets and coats at home for at least one more day this year.
Inside the municipal building visitors put bids on a selection of baskets, Christmas decorations, and other items in a silent auction organized by Shirley Selgrath. The building also featured the entries to the children’s coloring contest, and the photography contest. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s JeffSTAT medical transport helicopter landed at the Lower Milford Community Park, while the township’s volunteer fire department brought out their shiny red fire engines for the kids to see.
Local farmers, such as Pappy’s Orchard and Lisa’s Kitchen from Coopersburg, brought their produce to market, while others showed off their tractor and engine collections. Merchants selling beads, quilts, foods, and other goods dotted the landscape as spectators strolled the festival grounds enjoying live music by Coopersburg’s own Country Grass band, which entertained guests with help from Homespun Bluegrass of Neola. Lehigh Valley Baptist Church in Emmaus offered kids the chance to see if they could “hit the mark” with a Nerf gun, and shared with interested participants the Good News of God’s forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ.
State Representative Karen Beyer said she loved the event and was thankful for the opportunity to visit with the honest, decent, and hard-working people who make up Lower Milford. Friends of the Southern Lehigh Public Library held a book sale, discounting paperbacks and VHS tapes to a very affordable 50 cents each, as well as selling specially marked Halloween and Christmas books.
Coupled with the great weather, these and other vendors and fun activities made the fall festival a day of pleasant memories for those who attended.