Dadeville’s 7th annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 3, will include live music, children’s activities, vendor booths, food vendors and a chance to win cash in a 50-50 raffle. The all-day celebration of the season will take place in downtown Dadeville near the courthouse square, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., said Molly Parker, Lake Martin Dadeville Area Chamber executive administrator.
The location for this year’s events has been altered slightly and will be held off of the square, so as not to interfere with traffic on Alabama Route 49, Parker said. Activities will take place at Eufalla and Columbus streets along state Route 49 and along Columbus Street to West Street, she said.
“Musicians will be on West Street, at the park around West and Columbus streets at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.,” she explained.
Featured performers will include Matt Campbell, Ryan Downing’s Hazy Daze Band and River Dan.
Children’s activities will include pony rides, bouncy houses, a live animal petting zoo and face painting.
“We’re also bringing back the mechanical bull this year. Last year, it was so popular that there was always a long line for it,” Parker said.
Children’s activities will be free.
Food vendors will offer snacks, lunches, desserts and drinks, and additional vendors will display and sell arts and crafts, jewelry, goats’ milk products and more.
Vendor booths will be set up along only one side of West Street to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions. Social distancing recommendations also will be marked to help people maintain at 6 feet between groups.
Parker said the Lake Martin Dadeville Area Chamber did not solicit sponsorships from local businesses for this year’s festival.
“We had sponsors in the past, but we are trying to not rely on businesses to sponsor this year’s event because of the hardships of COVID-19. A lot of them were closed for seven or eight weeks during the lockdown in March. This year, we’ve done a lot of things differently,” she explained.
Still, the cost of offering so many activities is high, Parker said, so donations have helped to cover the cost of some of the activities. The chamber also is sponsoring a 50-50 raffle to raise money. Raffle tickets are $5 each or $20 for five and are available for purchase now or on the day of the event. A ticketholder does not have to be present to win.
“The raffle will help to buffer some of the costs, and it will put 50 percent in somebody’s pocket,” Parker said.
The fall festival replaces the Lakefest events that the chamber used to hold at D.A.R.E. Park. The fall event is more popular and better-attended. Last year’s festival drew about 6,000 people, Parker said.
Call the chamber at 256-825-4019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for vendor applications and details.