The Lake Martin Dadeville Area Chamber will host its third annual downtown Fall Festival on Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Despite courthouse square construction, the show will go on – and the family fun activities just continue to grow.

“It’s a community event; we want as many people in the city and schools to be involved as we can,” said Carol Sellers, Lake Martin Dadeville Area Chamber treasurer.

This year, a cheerleader showcase will engage more school spirit and invite area schools to showcase their teams.

“We’ll have a grandstand for parents, grandparents and spectators to watch and let these groups show off their great abilities,” said Sellers.

The celebration has expanded to the newly renovated Pennington Park, across from the post office. The hand-constructed stage will feature live music by local favorite River Dan, and a petting zoo and pony rides will be available in the park for children to enjoy.

The Dadeville Beautification Board has renovated the gazebo on Tallassee Street, and they will host several musical ensembles throughout the day.

Along with the crowd favorites, including face painting, bouncy houses, a slide and the train that will take the kids on a ride around the square, the fun also includes an antique car and truck show in the First Baptist Church parking lot. 

 “We have local vendors on site ranging from food, arts and crafts, information booths, retail, jewelry, antiques, the list goes on. We want people to have the chance to shop at our local vendors, while enjoying other free activities,” said Sellers.

In conjunction with the event, the Ducky and Pops Ward Soap Box Derby will continue its tradition of promoting quality family time. This event has become a much-anticipated part of the festival as children build and design their own soap box vehicles and race down Columbus Street to see whose is the fastest. The deadline for entries is Sept. 25, and there is no required fee to enter.

“The fall festival is one of two major chamber events that we started after we had a successful turnout from the Christmas Parade. We decided on the fall, since it’s cooler and more people would come out,” Sellers said.

The chamber ensures amenities remain free, thanks to its many sponsors, which include Farmers & Merchants Bank, Renfroe’s Market, Ivy Creek Hospital and Hospice, Three Sixty real estate, Dadeville Insurance Agency, Alabama Funeral Home and Cremation Centers, LaKay’s Flowers & Gifts, Little Lambs and Ivy Day School, Moore’s Hardware, Chuck’s Marina, StateFarm Insurance – Leigh Ann Tyler, Pearson’s Place Flowers & Gifts, State Rep. Ed Oliver, Sellers CPA, attorney Faye Edmondson and Tallapoosa County Commissioner George Carleton Jr.

For more information on Dadeville’s Fall Festival, contact the chamber at 256-825-40149 or email chamber@dadeville.com.