Unfortunately due to COVID-19, Autumnfest as we know it will not occur this year, among the ongoing restrictions on large-scale events, and concerns about an event of this size having a negative impact on public health. However, some elements of the popular event have been reimagined for residents to enjoy. Here’s what you can expect:
Virtual Arts & Crafts Catalog
Staff has reached out to arts & crafts vendors who have participated in the last two years, to obtain websites and photos of their products. On Oct. 16 (and lasting through Cyber Monday on Nov. 30), an online catalog will be posted on our website so that residents can enjoy shopping from their favorite Autumnfest vendors.
“We know that many people come to Autumnfest with holiday shopping in mind,” said Debbie Pulidio, ACC special events manager. “This way, those who normally enjoy the event can shop online or reach out to vendors directly, in order to support the businesses they’ve come to know and love.”
Pick your pumpkins
On Oct. 23 (3-7 p.m.) and Oct. 24 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), a new-look pumpkin patch will be set up in Community Park on Softball Field #4. Starting Oct. 1 using Anthem’s online registration system, residents will be able to reserve a timeslot to visit. The patch will be split up into five smaller “mini patches”; families will be asked to stay within one zone to browse for pumpkins.
“This setup allows us to ensure that we can maintain social distancing protocol to keep everyone as healthy as possible, and also gives us the opportunity to order the right amount of pumpkins,” Pulido said.
Each Anthem household who visits the patch with a reservation will receive two complimentary pumpkins & the kids will get a special treat bag. “This is one small way that we can thank residents for sticking with us through this roller-coaster year,” said Pulido.
If mandatory mask policies are still in place within Maricopa County, residents will be required to wear masks during their scheduled time at the pumpkin patch.And don’t forget…
For the past few years, the decorated pumpkin contest has been a growing favorite at Autumnfest, highlighting the creativity of residents and organizations in our community. Details will be released soon via eNews and on the ACC social media channels about this year’s virtual pumpkin display.
Learn more on the Autumnfest event page.