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Batavia's BatFest scares up family fun

BATAVIA – Batavia High School sophomore Adam Degaetano was as surprised as anyone seeing his pumpkin continue to roll down Houston Street after it left his hands moments earlier.

"I didn't think it would go that far," he said. "I thought it would hit a curb and smash."

Pumpkin rolling was just one of the activities held in downtown Batavia Saturday as part of Batavia MainStreet's annual BatFest. Boy Scout Troop 6 hosted the popular pumpkin roll event.

BatFest gave the Fricot family of Batavia the chance to show off their Halloween costumes. Annie Fricot was dressed as the "X-Men" character Storm, while her husband, Marquette, came as the White Rabbit from "Alice in Wonderland."

In addition, their son, Draven, 4, was dressed as the "X-Men" character Wolverine, and their 1-year-old daughter, Jade, was playing the role of Alice.

"We love Halloween," Annie Fricot said. "We decorate our house every year. This event helps to extend the holiday."

The family just moved to Batavia in March, and is not fully acquainted with the city yet.

"This is a great way to get familiar with the downtown," she said.

Chris Vale of Batavia and his children, Alex, 8 and Victoria, 3, were checking out the display of hand carved pumpkins at the Batavia Riverwalk.

"Look, there's a Martian!" Alex exclaimed.

The 22 pumpkins were carved by Brian Eberle, owner of Fallen Star Tattoo in Batavia.

"It was a lot of fun carving them," he said. "I just took a mirror and made stupid faces and then tried to mimic the facial expressions."

One of the pumpkins, appropriately enough, featured the face of a bulldog. The pumpkins will be on display at a variety of downtown businesses. For a map of where they will be on display, go to and click on BatFest under the tab "events."

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