It’s been an unusual year for events, but there are some hoping to continue, at least on a smaller scale.
The Greenbank Farm will host Fall Fest, a “pop-up market” of produce and artisans, from noon to 4 p.m Saturday, Sept. 19.
Kim Gruetter from Salty Acres Farm is helping to organize the event. She said it will be similar to a farmer’s market. There will be, at most, be 25 vendors from Whidbey Island who are allowed to participate.
“It’s not the traditional Harvest Faire that we do, but it’s something,” Gruetter said.
Chris Michalopoulos, executive director of the Port of Coupeville, explained that during the past two years, the autumnal event has had a lot more vendors and a lot more happenings.
“Obviously, we cannot perform that event this year,” Michalopoulos said.
This year’s festivity is being referred to as simply Fall Fest. There will be an absence of live music and kids’ activities.
Vendors will be spaced more than six feet apart on the grass across from Historic Barn A. Masks will be required to attend and several sanitation stations will be set out.
Michalopoulos said he doesn’t have any concerns about Fall Fest, as long as there’s plenty of social distancing happening and the governor’s mandate is followed.
Gruetter said there might be a pumpkin patch available. She hopes Fall Fest will still be a fun, family event marking the end of summer.
“Maybe it will feel a little bit like fall for the kids,” she said.