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Autumnfest opening this Friday

Alex Stevenson~ 10/22/2014

ANTHEM – It’s that time of year again: temperatures are dropping to the double digits, the local trees may turn a slightly different shade, and Anthem is hosting Autumnfest.

This year’s event, held at the Anthem Community Park off of Gavilan Peak Parkway, will be chock full of attractions new and old, including the unveiling of a brand new playground and the return of Frazier Shows carnival rides. Festivities will also be supplemented by an arts and crafts show, a kids’ zone for little ones, live entertainment, and a raffle.

The event itself runs through the weekend, Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The accompanying carnival has different hours. Rides will be starting on Friday, Oct. 24, from 5 – 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25 from 1 – 10 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 1 – 6 p.m.

An apple pie baking contest will also take place at this year’s Autumnfest from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 25.

Both parking and admission are free of charge, but carnival rides charge $18. All-you-can-ride bracelets can be purchased and apply during certain times over the weekend.