Middle Township will host its 18th annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 24th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The downtown area of Mechanic Street near Township Hall will be abuzz with family fun for all ages. With over 120 vendors, Harvest Fest will feature food, crafts, entertainment, amusement rides, balloon artist, pumpkin decorating and more. The event will also include special appearances between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. by Sponge Bob and one of the Hello Kitty. A costume contest for children up to age 10 will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Pets will have a chance to showcase their costumes in a contest from 3:30 to 4 p.m. All costume contest participants must pre-register at the festival’s ticket booth.