Westerville will celebrate the changing of the season next weekend with its fourth annual Community Fall Fest.

Westerville will celebrate the changing of the season next weekend with its fourth annual Community Fall Fest.

Recreation superintendent Phyllis Self described the outdoor festival as a way to have fun as the temperatures drop and to raise money for local groups and agencies.

"This is really a community fundraising event, and raises money for a lot of local organizations, including the Westerville Fund, the Westerville Symphony, the Westerville Education Foundation, the Westerville Parks Foundation and the Westerville Chamber Foundation," Self said.

The Community Fall Fest takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at Alum Creek Park, 221 W. Main St.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available across Main Street at the Westerville Senior Center, Self said.

In addition to music and entertainment, the festival will have carnival games, inflatable play areas, various food vendors selling cotton candy, gyros, corn dogs and other carnival foods, and a duck race down Alum Creek. Visitors can purchase a rubber duck for $10 to enter, with the first-place winner taking half the proceeds from the race.

Self said new events this year is a celebrity tricycle race, with "local notables" racing through the park to raise money for the benefiting groups.

A rain date for the Community Fall Fest is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 28.

Ducks for the race can be purchased by calling Sandy Ziegler at (614) 216-0910.

The Community Fall Fest schedule is:

Noon to 12:45 p.m.: Ohio Cinderella Pageant Showcase

12:45- 1:30 p.m.: Fred Astaire Dance Studio

1:30- 2:15 p.m.: Straub Dance Studio

2:30- 3 p.m.: Americheer Sparklers

3-3:45 p.m.: Westerville North High School Notables

3:45-4:30 p.m.: Generations Performance Studio

4 p.m.: Duck race down Alum Creek

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