Downtown Redwood Falls is going to be a busy place this Saturday as the community celebrates the annual fall festival.
The event, which brings vendors and prospective customers to the community, is held to celebrate the season but also as a way to get people in the community into local businesses from one end of the community to the other.
While much of the activity is taking place in the downtown area, the public is being encouraged to visit, take in events and shop in stores throughout the community.
According to Anne Johnson, Redwood Area Chamber and Tourism executive dir-ector, there is a lot going on in town during the day starting at 9 a.m.
Johnson said things are starting a little earlier this year, and all of the activity is being held through the early afternoon. Things are going to be done by 2 p.m. Johnson said that earlier finish time was something vendors wanted, and if the number of vendors is any indication the new time frame should be a success for the festival.
Johnson said there are more craft and food vendors this year than came last year, adding there has been some talk about having to block off more of the downtown street area to fit them all.
Some of the activities scheduled for the day include:
• The Show and Shine Car show from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The vehicles are being lined up along Washington Street just east of the old Wilson’s building.
There is no need to register for the car show, said Johnson.
• Entertainment on a main stage is being offered throughout the festival, with the Red-wood Dance Center and summer recreation dancers performing at 9 a.m. The Young Dream Lotus Hmong Dancers are performing at 9:30 a.m. Miss Lower Sioux Shayla Minkel is going to dance on the stage at 10:30 a.m. Guitarist Cole Gewerth is performing at 12:30 p.m.
• A pie eating contest is being held at 11 a.m., with a wing challenge at noon. Johnson said there are spots open yet, especially for the pie eating contest. Call her at (507) 637-2828 for more information.
• The Tatanka Arts fall art show and a quilt show are being held at the local Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
• There are activities for kids, including a bounce house, extreme face painting and pumpkin decorating from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., with a kids pedal race starting at 10 a.m.
• Minnow races for attendees of all ages are being held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
• The Redwood Falls Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. until noon.
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• Farm trivia is taking place at 11:30 p.m.
“There is a lot going on all over town,” said Johnson. “We want to encourage everyone to come in and take advantage of this.”
For more info, visit www.redwoodfalls.org.