Orange Park Mall Fall Festival

Annual event provides wares, food, fun for all ages

By Bruce Hope bruce@opcfla.com
Posted 10/21/20

ORANGE PARK – Orange Park Mall will be hosting its inaugural fall festival, known as 904-Live, in the JC Penney and The Gove parking lot from 5-10 p.m. this Friday and Saturday.

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Orange Park Mall Fall Festival

Annual event provides wares, food, fun for all ages

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ORANGE PARK – Orange Park Mall will be hosting its inaugural fall festival, known as 904-Live, in the JC Penney and The Gove parking lot from 5-10 p.m. this Friday and Saturday.

Local vendors and artists will be there to provide entertainment and to sell their wares. There will also be food trucks available to provide different tastes.

“We wanted to create something that stayed within all the strict CDC guidelines, but brought everyone out in a safe manner,” said Randy Bowman, the General Manager of Orange Park Mall. “So 904 focused on just doing that, bringing the community together with vendors and local artists and restaurant food trucks that have not had the best throughout COVID-19. A lot of them were shut down for three or four months. Artists obviously couldn’t play because bars were shut down. So we wanted to give them an opportunity to do that.”

Admission into the event is free, but patrons will need to get a reservation ticket to maintain social distancing guidelines. Patrons to the music can purchase a $10 social distancing concert circle pass. Each pass is good up for as many as five people. A $25 VIP seating area for the first two rows, sponsored by Clay Today, is available for up to four people.

There also will be a Kids Zone, sponsored by Simply Healthcare, area where little ones can enjoy the outing as well. The Kids Zone will have entry based on donation. The money collected will go toward supporting Elevate Life Church’s Thanksgiving Turkey giveaway.

Another vendor will be Melissa Garrett with her business, ‘By Our Hands, Handmade with Love.’ Garrett makes many different crochet and jewelry items. Garrett has been working with Orange Park Mall for about four months now since the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in phases. She also makes washcloths, dishcloths and seasonal home decorations.

“It’s going to be great,” Garrett said. “I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for people to get out of the house, be outdoors, to be able to do things and be socially distant, and get out of their homes a little bit.”

The event also offers an opportunity for the community to support LifeSouth’s blood drive on Saturday.

On the entertainment front, Let’s Ride Brass Band will perform on Friday evening, and The CF Band and Tad Jennings will provide music on Saturday.

Jennings plays an eclectic variety of classics across all eras and genres.

“I’m mainly a vocalist and guitar player, but I create the sound of a one-man-band live using various instruments such as guitar peddles, drum pads and bass guitar,” he said. He usually performs throughout Northeast Florida.

Different food trucks will be there on the two days giving people a chance to sample great tastes from local mobile cuisine. Friday will feature Butt Hutt Smokehouse, Mr. Potato Spread Inc., YAMO Italian Street Food, Frostbite Nitrogen Cream and Kona Ice. On Saturday, other tastes will be available, including Brochacho’s Fusion Eats, Grab God, Fae’s BBQ, Guanabana Ice Pops, Tasty Creamery and Tasty Dog.

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