AVON PARK- The popular Noah's Fall Festival, which has become an Avon Park tradition on trick-or-treat day, will not be held this year. A death in the family has forced festival organizers to "postpone" the festival to next Halloween, said coordinator Jay Whipkey. "It was a very tough decision," Whipkey said. "We will return next year," he promised.
This year's festival would have been in its 19th year. Two hundred to 300 volunteers and several area churches, under the nonprofit group Morningstar of Highlands, helped to put together the festival, which had been held for the last two years at the Avon Park High School. Whipkey estimated that 4,000 people attended last year's fall festival. The festival is held during Avon Park's designated trick-or-treat day, which this year is from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. This year, Avon Park's trick-or-treat is being held in conjunction with the second concert from the Music on the Mall series. Local band Lotela Gold will play '50s to '60s music at the downtown Avon Park mall. There will be food and drink. Visitors are asked to bring their own lawn chairs. Lake Placid's trick-or-treat hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 while Sebring's are from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.