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Celebrating fall is in the air at Fall Fest in downtown Holland.

The annual celebration will return on Friday October 8 and Saturday October 9 in downtown Holland and the Holland Farmers Market at 150 W. Eighth St.

The event will feature pumpkin carving, pumpkin painting, street artists, community tulip planting, a craft market, fall walking tours and more.

The fall festival will begin with the community tulip planting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. Visitors can help plant 75,000 tulip bulbs at Window On The Waterfront at 85 E. 6th St. Volunteers can visit the Tulip Time website to register for a time slot and bring their garden gloves. All other tools and instructions are on the Tulip Time website.

The day will continue with eight professional pumpkin carvers, including a former Food Network alumnus, carving pumpkin lanterns on Eighth Street from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The pumpkin lantern will then be lit and displayed until 10 p.m.

Professional pumpkin carvers will be back on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sculpt 3D sculptures. They will also be on Eighth Street from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. carving pumpkins, which will be on display from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Kids will be able to paint their own pumpkins to take home for $ 1.

The Holland Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Vendors will sell decorative items including pumpkins, squash, mums and corn shocks, as well as apples, squash, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, carrots and other root vegetables . Bread and baked goods, freshly caught and farm-raised meat, honey, maple syrup and a variety of specialty foods and drinks will also be on sale.

In addition to the opening hours of the Farmers’ Market, community tulip planting will continue from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Window On The Waterfront. Walking tours through the Netherlands will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Locals and visitors alike will see places such as Hope College, Dimnent Chapel, Pillar Church, Centennial Park, and architectural landmarks. Tickets for the walking tours cost $ 25 per person and must be purchased in advance from the Tulip Time website.

Tulip Time will also be hosting a new event called Artisan Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Windmill Island Gardens at 1 Lincoln Ave. in Holland. More than 50 local artisans and craftsmen will sell their work as part of a show with a jury.

Visitors can purchase handcrafted jewelry, home decorations, artwork, clothing, specialty foods and more. Admission to the Craft Market is $ 5 per person, which includes the option to visit the Windmill Island Gardens and visit Dutch attractions such as the DeZwaan Windmill, the Dutch Carousel, the Miniature Dutch Village and Moreover.

Street performers will be on Eighth Street from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Musicians, makeup artists, balloon twisters and others will also be there.

Master ice sculptor and pumpkin carver Greg Butauski will show off his skills on Friday and Saturday. The Ohio native will carve a 949 pound pumpkin in GDK Park, 5 W. Eighth St. in Holland.

Cory E. Barnes

The author Cory E. Barnes

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