Fall Festival Returns for 19th Year

Heckscher Park festival adds new attractions.

The weather may not completely cooperate  but the Long Island Fall Festival opened for the 19th straight year Friday afternoon and continues through Monday.

The festival, which draws huge crowds from around the tri-state area, kicked off at 3 p.m.

Live musical performances, hundreds of vendors, and numerous activities for young children are on the agenda. Parents can take the kids to a Home Depot workshop, a petting zoo, remote-control boat races on Heckscher Pond or the carnival. interested in the electoral process will be on scene.

For those desperate for a dose of reality TV, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" and NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" star Teresa Giudice will make an appearance promoting her hair case product line, Sunday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The festival runs until 10 p.m. Friday; from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Monday, with fewer offerings, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Free parking is available at the Huntington Long Island Rail Road station, with $1 covering the roundtrip shuttle. Running between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the shuttle will also stop in Huntington Village for those who want to shop in the downtown area.

Friday and Monday are expected to be sunny but rain is forecast both Saturday and Sunday.

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