Hernando Harvest Festival celebrates 24 years this weekend

Halloween in Hernando County means more than just dressing up and trick-or-treating. Now in its 24th year, the Halloween Harvest Festival has become a tradition for many, giving families a fun and safe environment to celebrate the holiday and connect with others in the community.
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A costume contest is part of the Halloween Harvest Festival, which takes place from 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Hernando County Fair Grounds, 6436 Broad St. in Brooksville. HERNANDO COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION

Hernando County Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Hernando County Fair Association, hold the event each year, collaborating with local businesses and sponsors to provide fun for children of all ages.

The fall-themed event takes place from 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Hernando County Fair Grounds, 6436 Broad St. in Brooksville, with traditional favorites like hay rides and a haunted house. Face painting, various games, costume contests, food and more are also planned.

Admission is free with most events requiring game tickets, which cost $1 for four. Hay rides are $2 per person and the haunted house is $3.

Specialty events include a pet masquerade contest Friday beginning at 7 p.m. Registration begins at 6:30, followed by a pet parade. Entry fee is $2 per pet. On Saturday there will be a costume contest for all ages beginning at 7 p.m. Registration is at 6 p.m. and the cost is $2 per entry.

Admission and parking for the festival are free. For more information, visit hernandocounty.us/parks_rec or call (352) 754-4031.

Hernando Harvest Festival celebrates 24 years this weekend
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