If you missed the fourth annual Wesley Chapel Fall Festival at The Grove shopping center Oct. 13-14, you missed perhaps the best year ever of this outstanding formerly-crafts-only weekend event sponsored by the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce (WCCC).

The near-zero-percent humidity, temperatures that never quite reached the 90s and the biggest and best selection of food, crafters and entertainment for adults and kids alike combined to keep Chamber executive director Mary Adele Cluck and the Chamber’s entire Board of Directors smiling all weekend long.

“We couldn’t have asked for better weather or a better turnout,” Cluck said on the Saturday of the two-day event. “And, many of the vendors told us that they were very happy with this year’s Festival.”

Of course, one of the biggest attractions for the Festival each year is the annual “Wing Battle,” a showdown for local restaurants with one winner chosen by a panel of judges — with that title this year going to Woody’s Pizza & Wings in the Village Market shopping center — and another selected as the “People’s Choice, where the honors went to Quail Hollow Country Club.

And, in addition to the free samples from the restaurants taking part in the Wing Battle, everything from great Greek gyros to delicious cupcakes were available to buy.

An awesome new addition this year was an entire section of pet rescue and adoption centers that most visitors simply could not resist. Featuring everything from the big, furry Great Pyrenees down to the popular Pug Rescue, dozens of puppies and even full-grown dogs and cats left the Festival with new owners.

Also new was a group of skydivers from the ZHills Skydive City who wowed attendees and landed in an adjacent field.

For more information about the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce, visit WesleyChapelChamber.com or call 994-8534. — GN

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