That Down Home Feel

For at least an afternoon, it felt like a slice of mid-America had plopped down in Coconut Creek with the First Annual Fall Harvest Festival.

There were falling leaves, a pumpkin patch, flag football, an arts and crafts tent, food trucks, bounce houses and a compelling simulation of an extraction of an accident victim.

The free event on Nov. 16 went off smoothly despite rain that fell just before it opened.

“They did a fantastic job setting up and putting it together,” said Mayor Becky Tooley. She commended the enthusiasm of all the departments in the city for pulling together to make the event happen with just six months of planning.

Here were seven highlights during my visit:

·      The Sauced Up Truck: There were plenty of food trucks, but I choose the Sauced Up Truck’s meatballs stuffed with cheese, topped by a dollop of pesto sauce and tucked into soft ciabatta bread. This was a dish that would have drawn raves at a gourmet restaurant and it beat the Coney Island dogs I used to get back at fairs in Illinois. ·      The 16th Annual Turkey Bowl flag football tournament: After years of watching football on TV, it was great fun to be right next to the sidelines watching players chase each other around. ·      Officer Bark: The police department’s fuzzy mascot steered a toy car and talked to children. Sgt. Henry Cabrera was hidden off to the side with the remote during my visit. What a great way for the department to build rapport with young residents, I thought. ·      Artist Sheryl Hughes: Hughes took palm fronds, rubberized them and painted classic scenes of Florida outdoors. Her eco-friendly touches also included using sea grape leaves. ·      The Jamie Mitchell Band: It was nice to see guys my age rocking out with an array of country and rock tunes. They were catchy enough to get the kids up and dancing. ·      Mock Extraction: Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Rescue gave a demonstration of cutting the roof of a car to free an accident victim. It was interesting to see the tools they used, including the hydraulic Jaws of Life that chewed right through the corner beams.

You May Also Like

Luxury Cruises From Scenic Group Explore the Happiest Countries on Earth

Check out some exciting experiences for the 2024/2025 travel season.

Scenic Group
American Heritage Schools’ Broward Campus Model UN Team Earns Prestigious Awards

17 of the 35 participating students received Best Delegate Awards in their respective committees, while 23 earned individual accolades.

Model UN team
Father’s Day Gift Guide for 2024

Find essential gifts for every type of Dad.

Father’s Day Gift Guide
Japanese Restaurant Madame Ushi Coming to Miami Beach

The celebrity favorite will launch its second location.

Madame Ushi

Other Posts

Meet the Willy Wonka of South Florida

The outcome of this story might be better than winning the golden ticket in “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Fred Meltzer not only got the job of running Hoffman’s Chocolate, but found love, too.  Meltzer started his career about as far from the world of chocolate as one might imagine, working for a boutique

Meet the real Scott Israel

Broward County has had its share of colorful characters as sheriff.  In 1927, Sheriff Paul Bryan was arrested on federal bootlegging charges. Walter Clark served from 1933 to 1951, but admitted to the federal Kefauver Commission that he profited from illegal gambling. Nick Navarro gained national attention in the 1980s by starring in the first

Where the luxury condos are

It’s a big change for people like Dev Motwani. He looked out a window at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa after an Urban Land Institute seminar and talked about how he grew up playing on the beach where his family owned a collection of vintage hotels. Now, he’s part of a group developing the Paramount

A monster of an event

For decades, Butch Buchholz was known for promoting tennis on Key Biscayne, but now he’s on his third year of building community support for the WGC-Cadillac World Golf Championship at Trump National Doral Miami. The Sony Open on Key Biscayne, which Buchholz founded, has done a great job of letting the community know it’s coming