Local News: First-ever Fall Festival set for Oct. 2-3 (10/2/20)

Local News: First-ever Fall Festival set for Oct. 2-3 (10/2/20)

LE MARS ? With cooler weather, leaves turning color and harvest beginning, fall is definitely in the air.

So what better way to celebrate fall than with a Fall Festival in Le Mars Oct. 2 and 3.

The idea for a Fall Festival came from The Browns, one they?ve had for many years after singing at Bill and Gloria Gaither?s Fall Festival.

?It?s such a beautiful time of year to show off Iowa. The harvest season, the changing colors of our landscape, our local food and crafters. So, we are excited to start it this year with a goal of it growing in future years,? Michaela Brown said.

The Browns Theater is hosting a majority of the events on main street, but other events will be happening around town as well.

?We are thrilled to be hosting Wes Hampton this weekend. He is the tenor for the Gaither Vocal Band so he will be performing two shows at the theater. He also loves to cook and has three cookbooks so he and Michaela will be doing a cooking demonstration at the Central Event Center Saturday afternoon,? Shelly Brown said.

?The Plymouth County Historical Museum will be hosting their Log Cabin Day on the lawn. The Harvest Shopping Expo will also be held again this year at the fairgrounds with over 45 vendors,? she continued.

Shoppers will be able to take part in a Shop Hop activity Friday and Saturday.

?Guests will register at The Browns Gift Shoppe and proceed to collect stamps from various Main Street merchants, then turn in their card for prizes at the end of the day,? Michaela said. ?It will give people a chance to stop and browse as many shops as they can.?

Those interested in quilts may want to take a look at a quilt show Friday and Saturday.

Shelly had the idea for a long time to have a quilt show with the many quilts of Mary Valentine of Le Mars.

?She has an amazingly extensive collection and they will be displayed, along with information on each quilt, at the Central Event Center and The Browns Gift Shoppe,? Shelly said. ?With such an extensive collection it will be enlightening to hear the story behind each one.?

Saturday?s Log Cabin Day at the Plymouth County Historical Museum is an outdoor event and honors the two log cabins on the museum grounds, the Weber Cabin near the museum?s east entrance and Joy Hollow on the northeast corner of the museum block.

Featured will be a Civil War re-enactor, Michael Peters of Sioux City, formerly of Merrill, who has appeared several times on the museum grounds. Dressed in a Civil War uniform, he will talk to visitors for most of the afternoon. Featured from 2-3 p.m. will be pioneer Gospel songs by Jonathan Foster of Le Mars. Foster has participated in many area musicals, including ?The Innkeeper?s Wife? at the Brown Century Theater where he appeared as Joseph.

Old-time apple crisp and cherry tarts will be available at the cabins.

The complete schedule for the Fall Festival is:

Friday, Oct. 2

10 a.m to 6 p.m. ? Shop Hop Le Mars Main Street Merchants ? Register at Browns Gift Shoppe

10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ? Many Quilts of Mary Valentine at Central Event Center & Browns Gift Shoppe

3-5 p.m. ? Live Music and free spiced cider at Central Event Center

5:30 p.m. ? Autumn Meal at Central Event Center

7 p.m. ? Wes Hampton & The Browns in Concert at Browns Theater

Saturday, Oct. 3

9 a.m. ? Coffee & Shop Hop Le Mars Main Street Merchants ? Register at Browns Gift Shoppe

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ? Harvest Shopping Expo at Plymouth County Fairgrounds

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ? Many Quilts of Mary Valentine at Central Event Center & Browns Gift Shoppe

10 a.m. to noon ? Live music and free spiced cider at Central Event Center

11:30 a.m. ? Autumn Meal at Central Event Center

1 p.m. ? Wes Hampton & The Browns in Concert at Browns Theater

1-5 p.m. ? Log Cabin Day at Plymouth County Historical Museum

3:30 p.m. ? Cooking Show with Wes Hampton at Central Event Center


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