The Midlothian Fall Festival and 5K will sound a bit different this year.
The Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual event on Oct. 15 at the Midlothian ISD Multi-Purpose Stadium located at 1800 S. 14th St. The runners will take off at 8 a.m. and the festival will be from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
“Our entertainment will be a little different this year,” chamber president Cammy Jackson said. “We won't have dance groups or martial arts demonstrations but we will have bands.”
At least three local band and musicians will perform, she said.
9th St. Band, made up of seven members and based in Midlothian, are a blues and rock band.
“With a mix of blues and rock, the 9th St. Band will put a little soul in your step. We are local to Ellis County and have been playing together for the last eight years,” according to the group's facebook page.
Gary Devlin, a songwriter, guitarist, composer, and producer based in Mansfield, performs a range of pop, country, rock, folk and blues music across the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Singer/songwriter Aaron Lehmann will also perform.
“Our committee wanted to do something different this year and see how the crowd responds to that,” Jackson said.
Local dance studios and martial arts dojos will have demonstrations at their own booths this year, Jackson said. The petting zoo and pony rides are returning to this year's event and many booths will have activities for children.
“We have some new food vendors coming including Lollipops Little Red Wagon,” she said.
The food truck, based in Midlothian, has been invited to fairs and market days across the country and serves up nachos, walking tacos, cotton candy and a verity of fair foods, according to their facebook page.
Chick-Fill-A, RL Harris Barbecue, Momma's Icebox snow cones and Tommy's Hot Dogs are returning hits, Jackson said.
There will, of course, be lots of local artists, shops and services displaying their ware or answering questions about the services they provide, Jackson said.
“We have a lot of artists coming,” she said. “It is about connecting the community to the businesses. This is a fun, feel-good event to get the family out.”
The Ellis County Sheriff’s Explorers will be helping park cars at the festival, Jackson said, to ensure parking runs smoothly.
This year's event is sponsored by Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie. The start and finish lines for the 5K are sponsored by Methodist Mansfield Medical Center.
Registration for the 5K is open to any age. If registered before Oct. 7, the entry fee is $20 for individuals, $18 each for teams of five or more and $3 for Rowdy Runners. Registration between Oct. 8 and 14 will be $25 for individuals, $20 each for teams of five or more and $20 for Rowdy Runners. Registration on the day of is $30 for everyone. Runners will compete in male and female categories with age brackets 0-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70 and over with awards for the fastest times in each bracket.
Runners should register between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 on the morning of the race and a warm-up will begin at 7:45 a.m. Awards will be handed out at 9:30 a.m. Registrations can be made online at www.midlothianchamber.org/ or at the chamber office located at 310 N. 9th St.
There are still some booths available, but they are selling fast, Jackson said.
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