By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK
Boardman Park was filled Sept. 29 with over 150 vendors, as well as artists demonstrating their craft and strolling musicians.
Vendors offered a variety of items at the 37th annual Rotary Club of Boardman Oktoberfestival, including jewelry, handbags, fall and Halloween d cor and fudge. Non-profit organizations, such as Easter Seals and Angels for Animals, also set up booths to spread the word about what they do. Refreshments were available from several food vendors.
Participants were able to paint pumpkins free of charge and clowns made balloon animals for children.
For sisters Robyn Jones and Laura Yoder, and their mother Karen Jones, the festival is a family tradition.
“We come every year,” Karen said. “I like to see the different things they have.”
They see the same vendors year after year, Robyn added.
“It’s good to see the same people over and over, how their stuff changes,” she said.
They found plenty to purchase. They made a trip to their car to store their packages and headed back to the festival to search for more.
They always arrive early to avoid the crowds, Karen said.
“We are here at nine,” she said. The event ran from 9 am. until 5 p.m.
The family enjoys attending together.
“We have a lot of fun spending time together,” Yoder said.
It’s also nice to get a second opinion on purchases, Karen said.
Event admission was $3, and the Rotary Club sold coffee and baked goods to raise additional funds. All profits are used to fund community and international service projects. The club has donated nearly $100,000 over the past two years.