The town of Marana is offering extra incentives during October for families to visit neighborhood parks. Two outdoor events will get people out to enjoy autumn’s refreshing drop in temperatures.
The first event, the Fall Heritage Festival, is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. It will bring residents together to celebrate the town’s history and character.
History buffs should enjoy a period costume fashion show presented by the Anza Trail Historical Society and the Marana Heritage Foundation. The show will feature elementary school students in costumes from the late 1770s, when Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza led an expedition through Arizona into California.
At noon, a dedication ceremony for Marana’s portion of The Anza Trail will take place, along with a re-enactment of the expedition, according to Ana Anderson, recreation programmer for the Marana Parks and Recreation Department.
“We’ll be at the part of the trail that runs through Heritage Park,” Anderson said. “A National Park Service representative will dedicate (that part) as an official portion of the Anza Trail.”
Treasures both vintage and new — such as paintings, sculptures, bake sale items and jewelry — will be found at the ACME Studios Arts and Crafts Show.
Community members will try to set a record at the festival as the largest group to perform Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Farm stands will showcase locally grown produce for sale, a flourmill will process mesquite pods that people bring from home, and plenty of food and drink vendors will be on hand.
Also, festival attendees are encouraged to get their hands dirty helping the Community Food Bank plant seeds for next season’s crops.
The festival will take place at Marana Heritage Park, 12375 N. Heritage Park Drive.
On Friday, Oct. 31, Marana Parks and Recreation will observe the scariest day of the year with Spooktacular.
The event is open to all ages and includes costume contests, pumpkin decorating, children’s train rides and free photos. The main attraction, according to Kristy Diaz-Trahan, Marana’s recreation superintendent, is Treat Street, a trail of decorated vendor booths set up for trick-or-treating.
“Each vendor will pass out candy or trinkets and information about their agency, business or cause,” Diaz-Trahan said.
The event will take place at Ora Mae Harn Park, 13250 N. Lon Adams Road, and the spooks will start coming out at 6 p.m.
Visit www.marana.com or call 382-1950 for more information.
IF YOU GO
Saturday, Oct. 25
Fall Heritage Festival
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (dedication of The Anza Trail at noon)
Friday, Oct. 31