By Todd Marver
The 42nd annual Nashville Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival will take place this weekend on September 29 and September 30 in downtown Nashville and the Washington County Courthouse Square.
On Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30, the breakfast booth opens at 8 a.m., vendors open at 9 a.m., food booths open at 10 a.m. and the beer stand opens at 11 a.m. Breakfast will be sponsored by the St. Paul UCC Youth Group, according to Nashville Chamber of Commerce director Dee DeMoss.
“We’ve got a lot of new vendors. We’ve got over 60 vendors and we have 15 food vendors,” said DeMoss.
Entertainment on September 29 will include Polka Connection from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Abbey Luthy on fiddle at 4 p.m., Rick Runyon on guitar at 5 p.m. and Roaming Home Band from 7 to 11 p.m.
“We’re going to have some great bands and some great entertainment,” DeMoss said.
On Saturday, September 30, the Angel for Autism Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. Kristen Storey, president of Angel for Autism, told the Nashville City Council on September 7 that it will be the same route as it was last year and the racers will all meet at the Community Center in Nashville, take off on Broadway and then go out towards the country. She said they don’t cross any major highways.
The pet parade will begin at 8:30 a.m. DeMoss said State Rep. Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) will serve as a judge for the pet parade. The blessing of pets will occur at 10 a.m. St. John UCC pastor Bev Kahle will be conducting the blessing of the pets following the pet parade, said DeMoss.
The pie eating contest, which is new to the Fall Festival this year, will take place at noon. DeMoss told the Nashville City Council last month that a lot of really fun activities are planned for the Fall Festival and one that really caught her attention was the pie eating contest and that should be a lot of fun.
The princess parade will take place at 1 p.m. and the superhero parade will occur at 2 p.m.
Entertainment on September 30 will include Jamie’s Tumbling at 10 a.m., Sonya’s Gotta Dance at 11:15 a.m., the Nashville High School drumline and Nashville Middle School choir at 3:15 p.m., Venedy Band from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and the Twilight Band from 7 to 11 p.m. DeMoss told the Nashville City Council last month that Twilight is one of her favorite bands and they play the best version of “Mony Mony” that she has ever heard.
There will also be a petting zoo and bounce houses. The petting zoo hosted by the Nashville High School FFA will be open from around 10 a.m. to 4:30 or 5 p.m. on September 30, said Nashville FFA Advisor Julie Bond-Ledford. The bounce houses hosted by Nashville Moose Lodge 2560 will be open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on September 29 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on September 30. The Moose Lodge will also have an EZ Child ID event in the kids area on September 29 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is a free service for all parents donated by the Moose to help in emergency situations where a child may go missing.
The Nashville city-wide yard sales will take place in conjunction with Fall Festival on September 29 and September 30. Yard sale maps will be available to pick up at Sun Seekers beginning Wednesday, September 27.