Fall FunFest Organizers Look Forward to Bigger Year

By Jeanne E. Fredriksen
Jeanne.fredriksen@rolesvillebuzz.com

Just because summer has turned to autumn, there’s no reason to think that outdoor fun has run its course for the year. It’s time to turn our thoughts to Rolesville Parks and Recreation’s annual Fall Funfest as a prelude to the holiday season.

Fall Funfest 2014 will offer a variety of arts and crafts vendors and informational booths at the Rolesville Community Center (514 Southtown Circle) on Saturday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to Recreation Program Coordinator Ryan Vinson, items sold by arts and crafts vendors will include clothing and accessories, decorative items, and jewelry. Informational booths will include a pet rescue organization and a tae kwon do school.

J.G. Ferguson, director of Parks and Recreation, is hoping for a larger festival experience this year.

“Last year, we had close to 40 vendors,” Ferguson said, “so we want to get at least that many – or more – this year, so there will be a larger variety of things to entice folks to come out and enjoy the day.”

When asked what he thought the most popular aspect of the Funfest was, Ferguson said, “Well, based on the last couple of years, the hot dog line seems to be pretty good! I think everyone just enjoys getting out and seeing the different vendors and crafts and things that they have.”

As for those popular hot dogs, Rolesville Police Captain Bobby Langston is the man in charge, but he’s also pleased to share that the Rolesville Police Department has plans to increase their participation in Funfest.

“The Police Department will once again cook and serve free hotdogs at this event,” Langston said. “We’ll also add a new event at this year’s Fall Funfest: an obstacle course set up for anyone that is 15 years of age and older to drive a golf cart with Fatal Vision Goggles.”

According to the company’s website, “Fatal Vision Goggles use special lens technology that allows the wearer to experience a realistic simulation of (alcohol) impairment.”

The Wake County Board of Alcoholic Control paid for the goggles, Langston said. “We look forward to continuing to serve the community at this event and also educating them on the importance of not drinking and driving,” he said.

The vendor registration deadline is October 17. For vendor details and the application for a booth, contact Ferguson at jg.ferguson@rolesville.nc.gov or see http://rolesvillenc.gov/town-departments/parks-recreation/festivals-special-events/

“We want to hold a Funfest that the public enjoys by having the kinds of vendors they want,” Ferguson said. “It’s a good community day when neighbors can come on out and interact with one another.”