BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- It's become one of the biggest events of the year in Briarcliff Manor.
The fourth annual Briarcliff Manor Harvest Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Pleasantville Road in Briarcliff Manor. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 13.
The event will feature music by Mike Risko and his students from his Ossining-based music school along with face painting, martial arts demonstrations, balloon animals, clowns, a bouncy castle, pony rides, a petting zoo and arts and crafts.
The event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Overseeing the event is Eric Lebenson, a realtor at William Raveis, who has lived in Briarcliff for more than 40 years.
"This is a great event," Lebenson said. "We get hundreds of people each year. We try to get them to visit local businesses so people can see what Briarcliff has to offer. It's a great event and a great way to spend the fall day."
Lebenson said the harvest festival is a natural progression from other events the chamber has hosted to promote Briarcliff and its local businesses.
"We have such a great downtown where people can walk and meet each other," Lebenson said. "Shopping local is very important. It's great way to see our village."
Lebenson said businesses will have sales going on throughout the day and have been getting the word out with advertising and e-mail blasts.
"The town is jammed the entire time," Lebenson said.
Lebenson, a board member on the Chamber of Commerce, is chairing the harvest festival for the second year in a row.
"I love getting involved with people," Lebenson said. "We get the village and the Recreation Department involved. We get publicity from the schools. Everyone knows about it."
Lebenson said he enjoys seeing children at the petting zoo and the face-painting that takes place in front of the William Raveis office.