SPRINGFIELD — Saturday’s Springfield Fall Festival will provide Effingham County residents and visitors from across the Southeast a chance to briefly offset their weighty concerns with something much better.
“It’s going to be a ton of fun,” Springfield City Clerk Jennifer Smith said. “There’s a lot of stuff happening.”
In addition to shopping, the main attraction is a free downtown concert by Little Texas. It will start at 8 p.m. in front of City Hall on Laurel Street. Luke Lander and Kaleb Lee will play at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively, and a variety of local talent will take the stage from noon- 4 p.m.
The annual festival, which drew nearly 10,000 spectators last year, will start at 10 a.m. with a car show on Cleveland Street. It is sponsored by the South GA Cruisers and Streamline Speed and Performance. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the first 50 entrants will receive a prize.
Multiple car show awards will be presented on the main festival stage at noon.
There will also be lots of entertainment for children — young and old.
“We have added more kids’ activities this year,” Smith said. “Some of them are still free and some of them will be paid. We tried to add some things for the bigger kids so there will be a mechanical bull, a water-walk thing and a bungee jump.”
As always, food will be at the festival forefront. There will be an array of tasty options provided by vendors.
Eating will also be a spectator as a wing-eating contest. The competition, sponsored by Zoner’s, will be divided into age groups (5-12, 13-17 and 18 and over). The entry fee is $5.
Beer will also be available. It will be sold by the Springfield Merchants Association.
The Chiefs Motorcycle Club will operate a dunking booth from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and a cornhole tournament. The tournament will start at 5 p.m.
From noon until 5 p.m., the Mars Theatre will stream college football games to help fans keep up with their favorite team.