Until last year, the Spirit of Cherokee, Inc. Committee, sponsored the Fall Festival but opted to turn the event over to the city of Centre since the other surrounding municipalities sponsor their own celebrations.
Thereasa Hulgan, a member of the Spirit of Cherokee and executive director, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, offered her assistance in planning this years event. She noted, however, that the city of Centre has taken the ball and run wide open!
Mary Lee Tucker and Festival Committee members have done a wonderful job, said Hulgan. Theyve heard from a lot of vendors.
Fall Fest 2005 will kick off at 7 a.m. with the Pancake Breakfast at Centre Middle School. Registration for the Childrens Fun Run, in various age categories, will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the races will begin at 8:30 a.m.
The Fall Festival Parade will begin at 10 a.m. and will feature the Cherokee County High School Marching Band, antique cars and trucks and more. Entertainment, which will be provided throughout the day, will feature Lil Smidgen, a clown, who will also do magic shows; live music and disc jockey provided by D.J.s Music, and local Gospel and other music groups. A special presentation is planned from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. with The Robin Sings provided by D.J. Music.
Also included in this years entertainment is a live dance instructor who will show average everyday citizens how to strut their stuff!
And there will be no shortage of food. The Centre Civitan Club will sell barbeque and the Centre Fire Department will sell hotdogs, hamburgers and chicken.
Fall Festival Committee Member Joan Laney said other local exhibitors will be selling various types of food. Other exhibitors include arts and crafts, a train, moonwalk, slides and other inflatables for children. At least one vendor will feature concrete stones for those interested in re-doing their driveways, there will be jewelry sales and more.
Cherokee Humane Society will have its Annual Fall Flower Sale as part of this years festival. Plants on sale will include Mums, ornamental cabbage, Pansies, Spring flower seeds and more.
Cherokee Humane Society cookbooks and T-shirts will also be available.
Patty Ford, local photographer, will also be on hand to do Fall Pet Portraits. For Pet Portrait appointment, contact Freda Waters at 845-9463 no later than Sept. 28. Pets need to be on a leash.
Wed like for everybody to come out, said Centre Mayor Phil Powell. The committee has been putting out signs throughout the city and we hope that will draw a lot of people. We hope it will be a successful event.