Harvest Festival

Riley Jones, 5, paints a pumpkin at Newark’s harvest festival in 2018.

The Newark Parks and Recreation Department has canceled a fall festival that had been planned for Saturday, officials confirmed Saturday.

The event was supposed to be a combination of the Parks on Draft outdoor beer garden and the annual harvest festival. However, officials were not able to secure a restaurant partner for the beer garden.

Instead, the harvest festival activities, including scarecrow making and pumpkin decorating, will be combined with a Halloween party planned for later in the month.

That event will be held outside the George Wilson Center on Oct. 22 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The annual event will be modified to abide by health restrictions.

Other activities will include story time, a costume contest, a scary room maze, crafts and pre-packaged bags of candy.

Admission to the party is $5 and pre-registration is required at newarkde.gov/play. There is a separate charge for scarecrow making ($7) and pumpkin decorating ($8).

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