State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., hosted her annual fall harvest festival, which was held at Clara Muhammad Square Park in Philadelphia.
More than 100 people attended the event, which provided children with the opportunity to enjoy face painting, pumpkin decorating, horseback rides, a bounce house and a petting zoo. A majority of children were dressed in costumes and even Brown arrived dressed as a pirate princess.
In addition to the fun and festivities of the afternoon, Brown’s staff was available to answer questions about state issues, including the state’s low income heating fund program, LIHEAP, and the open enrollment periods for both Medicare and the Affordable Care Act’s Insurance Marketplace.
“The weather was perfect for the event,” Brown said. “This annual event observes and celebrates another harvest and the chance to enjoy another day outside among friends and neighbors.
“As part of the harvest celebration, we utilize this opportunity to encourage healthy eating habits by making a wide array of fruit and produce available to the children as well as to promote proper oral health by providing toothbrushes to participants.”
City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell also attended the event.
The Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health Prevention provided mental health information and other vendors participated, including local energy, insurance and health agencies.