A costume contest, pumpkin patch (with $2 pumpkins – beat that!), trick-or-treating, music, food, games, raffle prizes and more made for a fun afternoon at this year's Southern Highlands Fall Festival, held Saturday, October 21. For more than ten years, the annual celebration has been a signature Southern Highlands event and special highlight of the year, drawing an estimated 4,000 visitors from the community and throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
The four-hour long festival has also become a major community fundraiser. While the event is free to attend, all funds collected through food and beverage sales, and raffle tickets – and this year, more than a thousand pumpkins – go to support local nonprofit organizations. This year, the festival raised an estimated $15,000 to benefit Andson, which aims to teach children financial literacy, as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Highlands.
Organized by the Southern Highlands Community Association at Goett Family Park, the Fall Festival also features face painting, bounce houses and inflatable slides, coloring contests, a vendor fair, arts and crafts, and more to delight kids of all ages and provide family-friendly fun that makes residents glad to call Southern Highlands home.