Now in its 67th year, the Roanoke Fall Festival will have carnival rides, a tractor pull, a cake and cookie contest, and many more familiar events.
“It’s going to be all in-person,” Nichole Karst affirmed. Activities will fill Main street and Roanoke Town Park. Admission to the festival is free.
Activities begin at 6:30 p.m Wednesday evening, Sept. 8, with a concert by the Huntington North Varsity Singers, and continue through a G-Money Band concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11.
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Karst, who is the festival president, said the festival has drawn as many as 10,000 people. However, last year there was no festival as a result of the pandemic. This year, organizers are holding many familiar events, but not others. The pie and pizza eating contests, for example, will not be held. This was due to a vendor scheduling issue.
But for those who are looking forward to the Ducky Run, it’s at 5 p.m. Saturday. Get tickets at the Lions Club booth. Ducks are dropped into the park creek and raced. Those who bought tickets to the winning ducks are eligible for prizes. The attraction helps the Lions Club fund scholarships and other beneficial endeavors.
“A lot of what (the Lions Club sponsor) is scholastic,” Karst said, “which is great for youth in the community!”
Another familiar favorite to return this year is the cake and cookie contest. “After winners are determined, we auction off these items,” she said. Cakes and cookies are judged on taste and appearance.
The cake and cookie auction is at 6 p.m. Saturday, on the main stage. The cakes are sold whole, not by the piece. “It’s been a shame to cut into them, they are so beautiful,” Karst said.
In addition to the carnival rides this year, on Saturday from 9-11 a.m., there will be free children’s games, sponsored by area church groups. Karst said children can expect to take on fun challenges like knock the bottle and ring toss.
Other attractions include the tractor pull at 7 p.m. Friday and the demolition derby at 7 p.m. Saturday. Both charge admission. While noisy, the events are popular with the audience and are a quintessential outdoor activity.
Roanoke Fall Festival Queen Jordan Hofmann will preside over the four-day event. Hofmann was chosen at a pageant Aug. 14.
Hofmann, who lives in Andrews and works in Huntington, will visit each of the events.
“I had as much fun as I could with the pageant,” Hofmann said in an interview.
“I got to wear a beautiful gown and model it,” she said. “One of the most fun things I did was I got to decorate my own outfit. I hand-painted a T-shirt under my jacket and on my jacket I put Andrews Community Helpers, which is an organization that I’ve volunteered for my whole life.”
“I think the great thing about community festivals is they offer a weekend for the family to take their children into town,” she said. “A lot of the activities, such as children’s games, are free. So it’s very accessible and something they don’t do every week. And the festivals usually have something for all age groups to enjoy.
“I think it’s very important for the culture of each town. Each festival is unique.”