Fayette Fall Fest is Saturday 9.24

Written by David Green.

It’s not business as usual at Saturday’s Fayette Fall Fest. This year’s 12th edition has some new features to draw the interest of visitors.

Need to get rid of some frustrations? Head for the parking area next to Fayette Auto Parts, pick up a sledge hammer and let loose on an old car. The Volley for a Cure group is using a “car bash” to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer.

What’s a town festival without a corn hole tournament? It’s become a popular event at several area festivals and the Fall Fest is joining in. It’s a simple game that most anyone can play, although it’s also taken very seriously by some people, noted Amy Mitchell of the festival committee.

The tournament is scheduled on Fayette Street by the supermarket.

There’s been a street dance in the past, Mitchell said, but this year it’s moving inside to the American Legion. Sponsored by the Fayette Firefighter Explorers, the dance is scheduled from 8 to 11 p.m.

It’s been a few years since carnival rides were offered at the Fall Fest, but they’re back this year—well, sort of. The arrangements were made late and the rides won’t be part of the downtown festival. Instead, they will be set up inside the running track.

The carnival owner might also bring some game trailers.

The car and truck show is back in the Methodist Church parking lot after missing last year, and several other events are back for their annual appearance.

The Legion and fire department members will work together on a pancake and sausage breakfast served from 7 to 11 a.m. at the fire hall. The firemen’s annual chicken barbecue will begin at noon.

A pie baking contest will feature apple, pumpkin and pecan. Entries must be turned in by 10 a.m. Saturday.

On the food front, members of the Fayette Christian Church will sponsor their annual bake sale. Members of the Church of the Nazarene will bring back their booth for caramel corn, caramel apples and Hawaiian ice.

Also look for Don Stiriz’s bean and ham soup, the Fine Arts Council’s sausage and hamburgers, the Lion’s Club milkshakes and food from Amigo’s Pizza and the Buckboard Inn.

The younger set will want to visit Kiddieland next to D&R Hardware, operated by the FFA Club.

For entertainment, performances are scheduled on the Village Green by Phyllis Page, Steve and Tina Snider and “Big Al” the singing DJ. Pies from the baking contest will be sold at auction on the Green.

Visitors will be able to shop from a large selection of crafts, flea market items, produce and fall flowers.

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