After months of planning, led by Fall der All 2019 chairman Shannon Morgan, it is now time for it all to happen.
All the joy, fellowship, and memory-making, a.k.a. Fall der All, runs Saturday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., in downtown Van Alstyne.
Vendors will be set up all around the town. There will be custom craft displays of towels, signs, T-shirts and tumblers. Food items available will include homemade cookies, breads, pie, cinnamon rolls, ice cream, tacos, burritos, pizza, hot dogs, nachos and grass-fed beef; and an aficionado can get some lattes, wine, tea and take some coffee beans home for future use.
For those who are looking to decorate for the autumn season, whether it be for Halloween or Thanksgiving or both, there will be homemade and unique homemade wooden pumpkins and other handcrafted and painted holiday décor. Also for decoration, one can find sun catchers, wall art, handmade candles and bath products, and also homemade cold-pressed soaps. Those looking for gifts can check out the custom jewelry, including leather earrings; the children’s and women’s apparel and accessories, or maybe children’s books for the special youngster in one’s life.
There will also be health products, cleaning products and sand art for children of all ages.
Instead of the usual bounce houses, the Chamber of Commerce is bringing in carnival ride-type entertainment and there will be a $10 charge for each child to ride.
The Scarecrow Parade steps off at 9 a.m. from the Boy Scout Hut on North Waco (SH 5), and goes southward, staying on Waco at all times. Prizes will be awarded in several categories immediately following that.
The festival’s music includes Austin Michael Robinson at 10 a.m., Chuck Ligon at 12:30 p.m., and the party band Limelight from 2:30-4 p.m. on a special stage in the Railcar Park. Over on the gazebo, music will begin at 10 a.m. with Larry Stillwell with an Elvis tribute, followed by Bent Creek Band from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., and E-Flat Porch Band will close it out by playing from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
There will also be a car show presented by Duncan’s Auctions on East Jefferson between Preston and Main. Trophies for the winning cars will be presented at 1:30 p.m.
The Chamber sponsors Fall der All each year, with the help of many sponsors, and has for about a decade now.
The festival grows each year, but is still free, except for the kids zone and any vendor purchases one makes. Officials also stress it never hurts to bring a lawn chair.