Farmington-based Judge Asset Management will bring back a popular feature to this year’s Halloween Fun Fest, which brings kids downtown for trick-or-treating at local businesses.
The downtown business will sponsor the bounce house at Riley Park during the Saturday, October 27 Haunted Farmers Market, open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Farmington residents David and Laura Judge, who own the business, love Halloween and enjoy trick-or-treating with their seven-year-old son. As parents, they wanted to do something other than just handing out more goodies, while preserving some family time.
“The bounce house is a healthy, physical activity to help kids burn off some energy,” David Judge said.
Judge Asset Management has been in the community for more than 20 years. In 2005, the Judges renovated a building on Grand River and moved their offices to downtown Farmington. The business has sponsored events and charities related to arts and children, so participating in the Halloween Fun Fest seemed like a good fit.
The sponsorship, in its third year, also helps the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market, market manager Walt Gajewski said. The market is “fully self-supporting,” thanks in part to local small businesses like Judge Asset Management supporting special events.
“Supporting the Farmers Market is a visible way of demonstrating that local businesses are in tune with what people care about in the community,” he said. “We’re pairing our iconic brand with their iconic brand.”
David Judge has been aligned with the market and its home in the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and Riley Park for many years. He and Gajewski were among those who helped bring the vision for the “town center” to reality.
“David was one of the early pioneers for the concept of a downtown-based, community pavilion,” Gajewski said.
“I appreciated Walt’s passion for the community when we worked together through the six-year process of building the pavilion, and that passion has remained constant for almost 20 years,” Judge said. “I’m always happy to work with him.”