The Midlothian Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Festival is ready to roll this Saturday, with other separate community events scheduled all day long.
The festival, now in its 42nd year, will take place at MISD Multipurpose Stadium from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“This event is geared toward honoring our school programs and community programs that we participate in in showing off what Midlothian has to offer,” said Allie Benham, the Midlothian Chamber’s special events manager. “Our focus with this event is really to bring attention to all of the amazing things that our community is able to achieve. It’s a great way for our community to all get together and reconnect with each other, and fall is great weather. It’s a great time to relax … and visit together and have a really good community space.”
The day begins at 8 a.m. with the 5K Cupcake Run, which benefits the Heroes of Midlothian Foundation. Registration for the run is $25 and continues through Friday.
Poteet Martial Arts will perform during the festival, as well as the Heritage High School Belles, the Frank Seale Middle School band and Stage Door Dance Group.
Dog shows, including a costume contest and an obedience contest, will take place at 11:30 a.m., and a blood drive will be underway throughout the festival. Midlothian police and fire personnel will also be present with their vehicles and equipment on display.
Dozens of vendors have signed up for the festival and will be manning booths. And as always, there will be plenty of offerings on the menu.
“There’s going to be a ton of food,” Benham said. “Different types of food as well, barbecue, Cajun food, kolaches, snow cones, all kinds of cool stuff.”
Other highlights of the festival will include a petting zoo; face painting; a photo booth with backdrops of the local schools; pumpkin decorating; an inflatable kids’ zone with rides and jump houses; and animal adoptions.
“We’re looking at a really good forecast with a high of 85,” Benham said. “That’s very welcome (considering) this past summer.”
The Chamber event ends officially at 2 p.m., but activities will be ongoing throughout the city with an Adopt-a-Pet event at Ace Hardware from 9-11 a.m.; Heritage High School’s Cheer Mania from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the HHS gymnasium; and the Midlothian Opry from 7-9 p.m. at the Midlothian Civic Center.