Monday, September 14, 2015

41st annual Midway Fall Festival is this weekend

By Adrian Rudd
University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications

Mid-September means brisk air, brown leaves, and in Midway, the return of the annual Fall Festival. This Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 20, more than 100 vendors, crafters and demonstrators will gather downtown to provide a weekend of fun for all ages.

The festival’s 41st year will feature a variety of music and entertainment. The Midway Children’s Choir, the Jones Family Band, the Hamilton Band, and several others will play Saturday. Man Cave Ruckus, a ukulele trio, will have their Fall Festival debut on Sunday, among other performances.

“We have a lot of bands coming in both days,” said Festival Coordinator Kenny Smith. “We will have music playing all day long.”

Attendees can stroll through more than 90 merchant tents and 80 arts or crafts booths, five of which will have demonstrations such as basket weaving. Festival-goers can enjoy food from about a dozen different vendors or purchase fresh items from the farmers’ market.

To entertain the kids, there will be pony rides, a petting zoo, a clown with balloon animals, bouncy house, and a mini train ride. In addition, several non-profit organizations will have booths set up such as Habitat for Humanity, Midway Renaissance, and various churches.

“There’s a little bit of something for everyone, so you can bring the whole family,” said Smith. 

The event will run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Parking will be available at Southern Equine Farm.

“All we need is great weather,” said Smith. “We look forward to seeing everyone out here.”

Monday night, the forecast for Saturday was a 50 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms with a high temperature of 87; the outlook for Sunday was mostly sunny with a 10 percent chance of rain and a high of 82.

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