For children 10 and under, the event featured Halloween Happenings, with carnival games, inflatable rides and a costume contest. The adults, meanwhile, got to select from 78 vendors selling various crafts from Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.
“There are so many arts and craft shows, and we wanted to do something for the kids, but also do something for the parents,” said Maggie Moss, recreation supervisor with the city of Marietta. “Basically, they can get their Christmas shopping done and come and enjoy the Square.”
The craft booths were lined up along East Park Square, while inside Glover Park; parents watched their children, and even pets, participate in costume contests.
The sons of Josh and Jill Mills dominated the costume contest. The kids have gone as a theme each year, this time going with “camping.” Von, 8, dressed as a recreational vehicle, Dane, 6, was a campfire, and Levi, 2, came as a roasted marshmallow. All three boys won grand prizes and they took home another prize for the best group award.
“We got a camper this year and decided to go with the camping theme,” said Jill Mills, whose husband owns a vintage car business near the Square.
Jill Mills said she discusses ideas for the costumes on her food blog, “Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons.” Last year, the boys came as sea life, while in 2010 they did a vintage auto theme, coming as a gas pump, an oil can and a 1932 Ford Roadster.
Dressing up the kids wasn’t enough for Dana Holt’s family from Kennesaw. They dressed their rat terrier, Bubba, as a cowboy and their border collie, Panda, as a ballerina. He said it was a good family activity, with his mother making the costumes.
“The kids are having a great time, we look forward to this every year,” he said. “We were out here last year, and we’ll be back here next year.”
Moss estimated the crowd at 5,000 people coming throughout the day-long event. For the second year, it was held in conjunction with the Marietta Farmers Market.
“This year it worked out really well,” she said.
Among the groups to help with Harvest Square are Keep Marietta Beautiful and the Sigma Nu fraternity from Southern Polytechnic State University. Keep Marietta Beautiful director Joan Ellars said the event was helped by beautiful weather on Saturday.
“The inside (of the park) is for the kids, the outside is for adults and of course there’s the restaurants,” she said.