Tonight was the first night of New Albany’s Fall Fest 2010. The Fall Fest — as is seemingly true with any New Albany event — means that traffic patterns to and from the Webner household will again be disrupted. In this instance, the Market Street area closed down to through traffic sometime before this morning’s rush hour and will stay closed until sometime on Sunday. In the meantime, Market Street and the area around the library and the local shops are filled with booths for local businesses, boy scout troops, and churches, as well as a little taste of Ohio State Fair midway rides and food.
Tonight’s event started off with a New Albany High School homecoming parade and pep rally. I got there in time to see the NAHS band march by on their way to the football game. There were lots of parents and kids milling around, and it looked like the kids were having fun. Later there will be other events, like a battle of the bands and a New Albany talent show.
The New Albany Fall Fest is one of those classic, simple, somewhat cheesy events that help to make random neighborhoods into real communities. In exchange, I’m willing to bear the resulting commuting inconvenience for a weekend.