Whether your passion is listening to live music, watching or marching in parades, giving the kids something to do for hours, shopping for unique items, tasting wines or finding great finds in homegrown fruits and vegetables — this Saturday’s Fall der All has it all.
The Van Alstyne Chamber of Commerce and its Fall der All committee were forced to postpone this year’s event because of the torrents of rain that dropped on the town and all of North Texas that weekend. But, it’s on now. Some vendors and musicians had to drop out because of previous commitments for Nov. 3, but others have joined up to the new date.
• Elementary school-age children can bring their Scarecrow artwork to the Welcome Center, 228 E. Marshall, rather than the formerly designated drop-off site.
• The Railcar Stage has added the area favorite Bent Creek Band to the line-up, and it’s now their 4th year to play Fall der All, making it a tradition. Abby Parker will not only be singing the National Anthem, with the local Boy Scouts presenting the flags, but will also add a couple more songs before heading over to the Gazebo Stage to continue her performance. The Hunter-Brown-Perkins trio has added local favorite Fred Spears to their set. And Shiner Rising Star winner Merrol Ray will perform with one or two of his band members.
The Gazebo Stage line-up does now include Abby Parker, and the time allowed for the kids/youth open mic, hosted by guitar instructor Kevin Edwards, has been lengthened. Open mics are good growing experiences for anyone, regardless of age or previous stage experience, giving a chance to learn poise, self-assurance, use of microphones, and so much more.
• Kids zone. The only change here is that the kids’ train will load up and run out of the First United Methodist Church’s parking lot, where the church is hosting its yearly Lord’s Acre celebration.
• Designated handicapped parking will now be in the First Baptist Church’s parking lot on East Marshall. Fall der All offers free shuttle rides for the handicapped, or as its organizers call it, the mobility-impaired, to and from their parked cars. The phone numbers to call to be picked up are 214-773-4281 and 903-816-1934. Also, volunteers at the various barricades will have those numbers available should someone need to park elsewhere. The rides are via 4-seat golf carts, which can also carry a user’s lawn chair, walker, or such other necessities.
All other events remain the same. Vendors as far as you can see line the downtown streets, two local wineries will be in the Railcar Stage area with their wares, the Scarecrow parade steps off at 10 a.m., with winners announced, along with the winners of the Scarecrow Around Van Alstyne creations, about 11 a.m. on the Railcar Stage. Giant Jenga and cornhole games for the playing.
The complete music calendar is posted on the Facebook page, Van Alstyne Fall der All. Actually, there’s information in separate Facebook Event Invite forms for all of these activities.
This is the yearly autumn celebration hosted by the Van Alstyne Chamber of Commerce through the generous donations of many businesses.
Saturday Schedule for various non-profit organizations’ activities
7-10 a.m. — Friends of the Library Breakfast at the Community Center
10 a.m. — Scarecrow Parade steps off, goes down Preston Street
10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Lord’s Acre at First United Methodist Church on Preston
10 a.m.-5 pm. — Fall der All on Main, Preston, and Marshall streets in downtown Van Alstyne.
So, all day Saturday, downtown Van Alstyne will abuzz with activities for fun-lovers of all ages.