Potter’s Bridge prepares for 13th fall festival


12th Annual Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival in Noblesville. (Photos by Robert Herrington)

The Hamilton County Parks & Recreation Dept. will transform the usual tranquil Potter’s Bridge Park, 19401 N Allisonville Rd., Noblesville, into a lively festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6.

Guests of the Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival can listen to live music, visit the art and craft booths, take your little ones to the kid’s area, and enjoy the natural scenery of Noblesville’s most scenic park on the White River Greenway Trail. Oct. 6 marks the 13th year of the free, annual festival.

“It’s been a popular event for that long,” said Resource Development Specialist Don Nicholls of the HHCPR dept.

Nicholls said the festival will include 70 vendors with a wide variety of products, entertainment and food.

“It all takes place in the park setting. Local residents know it is a very peaceful and scenic park and the addition of the historic covered bridge is special,” he said. “Vendors have been coming for a long time and the first spot they ask for is on the covered bridge.”

A 10×10 foot booth space is only $30 and Nicholls said the low price provides in home businesses or entrepreneurial individuals an opportunity to showcase their goods.

“This is the least expensive way to sell arts and crafts for that kind of traffic and exposure,” said Nicholls. “The great variety adds to the popularity.”

In addition to vendors, the festival will include a kid’s zone with the popular bounce house.  Nicholls said parks staff will man an arts and crafts table and the park includes a large children’s playground. Entertainment will be provided by the Poison River Boys, a bluegrass band.

“We’ll have a hay bale stage but asked they unplug and circulate among the festival so someone with a banjo may walk up to you and start strumming,” Nicholls said.

Kara Joray has been a vendor at the Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival for the past three years. The Noblesville resident said she enjoys how it’s close to home, especially since she attends festivals all over Indiana.

“I always ask for the bridge, it’s more fun that way,” she said. “I see a lot more local people around the neighborhood who come.”

Joray’s business, Alpha Pics, sells photos of everyday objects the look like letters. She then frames or mount letters into words and names. Joray and her sister take all of the photos, which has become popular.

“There’s a lot more competition than I had four years ago when I started,” she joked.

Wendy Blaylock of Corner Cottage is also preparing for her fourth fall festival. Blaylock, a resident of Muncie, said she enjoys the sight of the leaves changing colors and variety of vendors.

“There are unique vendors there – a little more upscale, with nice quality handcrafted items. You find some interesting things there,” she said. “It’s scenic to walk around. Even if you don’t find anything, you don’t feel like you’ve wasted your time.”

If you’re looking for fall flowers, check out Blaylock’s booth, which sells 50 different varieties of mums for $5 and 20 kinds of sunflowers.

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