There’s lots more than food at Saturday’s Fall Fest in Fayette, but that alone is more than enough reason to head downtown for the annual event.
Bakers can enter a pie or two in the pie baking contest—apple, pumpkin or pecan—and cooks can also participate in the new chili cook-off event.
Judging for the pies begins in the Opera House at 10:30 a.m. Entries will be sold at auction at 1 p.m. Chili cook-off entries are also due at 10:30.
One award will be given by a panel of judges and a people’s choice award will be given based on the votes of those attending the event.
By paying $5, explained Renée Bernheisel of the Fulton County Humane Society, a person can taste as many chili entries as desired and then vote on their favorite. A bowl of chili can be purchased by donation. Tasting is open to the public from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Individuals or businesses are invited to enter the chili competition up until 10:30 a.m. Entries should be taken to the Opera House.
Food items for sale include Don Stiriz’s bean and ham soup, cooked outside in a brass kettle; the Lion’s Club milkshake stand; the fire department’s chicken barbecue; the Christian Church bake sale; hamburgers and sausages from the Fayette Fine Arts group; hot dogs and brats from Kaiser’s Super Valu; baked potatoes from the Invisible Youth Network; soft ice cream from the Fulton County Humane Society; and cotton candy, popcorn and slushes from the festival committee.
If that’s not enough, there’s also a benefit bake sale for the Kellen Keiser family.
While you’re busy eating, walk along Main Street to look at the crafts and fall produce on sale, or watch some local residents get wet in the dunk tank.
A cornhole tournament gets underway at 10 a.m., and a chicken drop raffle begins at 2 p.m. Kids can paint pumpkins and take part in the Kiddleland games on the Village Green. They can also beg their parents for a dog or cat at the Humane Society pet adoption booth, then show off the new family member at 4 p.m. during the pet parade.
A resource fair is scheduled to provide information about home weatherization. There’s also a quilt raffle and a merchant basket raffle, and a softball tournament will be played at the park.
If that’s not enough to do, there’s also entertainment scheduled throughout the busy day. Wonda Biner presents karaoke from 10 a.m. until noon, and Southern Express will perform at noon and again at 2 p.m.
This year marks Fayette’s 14th Fall Fest.