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By Chris Concannon

Gloucester City News

  As a light, cool breeze filtered over the Bellmawr Rec Centre October 22, hundreds of area residents turned out in droves for the town’s first Fall Festival.

  Heavily promoted in bulletins, on the Borough website (www.bellmawr.com) as well as word-of-mouth, the event, which will be an annual function, featured something for all ages, such as rides, games, pumpkin and face painting for children, as well as a paintball booth for older youth.

  Dozens of food and craft vendors carpeted the outfield fences of the Bell Road and Garden State ball fields, including a classic and custom car show which featured a 1926 Ford Model T, as well as a fully restored fire truck, owned by Bellmawr’s Paul Jr. and Frank Sr. Sandrock.

  Among the vendors on hand was Len Landi of the 65 year-old Bellmawr Tigers, who are currently holding basketball registrations,  Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rec Centre November 12.

  Although there were several classic and custom cars to view (including a 1986 Mitsubishi Eclipse with gull wing doors), the most talked about ride was disguised as a food vendor.

  Hogs and Hot Dogs, a converted Harley-Davidson tricycle with a hot dog cart built onto the rear, was busy all day selling its $2 fare.

  Owners explained that the bike is fitted with a special reverse gear, which aids in positioning at events.

  Musical and dance groups played and performed throughout the seven hour festival, complete with a fully stocked beer garden.

  Organizers stated next year’s event is already in the works, and may include a barbecue contest and chili cook-off.

  For more information, contact Bellmawr Borough Hall, at (856) 933-1313, or on the web, at www.bellmawr.com.

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