Chester Fall Festival is going to be a big three day party

The City of Chester has put together a complete schedule of events for the Fall Festival 2021, October 15-17.

American Banner Amusements was booked for Carnival rides! Presale tickets are $ 1 each or 24 tickets are $ 18 each. They are available in City Hall until October 14th. Regular ticket sales prices are $ 1 each or 24 tickets for $ 20. 1-3 tickets are required for journeys. Bracelets will be available for $ 25 on Friday, October 15, from 5pm to 10pm; or for $ 20 between 12pm and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Bracelets must be purchased at the checkout on the day of use.

Operating hours of the rides: Friday, 5pm ?; Saturday noon-?; and on Sundays from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

There are over 40 dealers who have signed up for craft and dealer sales. Shoppers can find Crafts, Blankets, Koozies, Woodcrafts, Women’s Clothing, Scentsy, Watkins, Candles, Soaps, Floor Mats, Signs, Antiques, Porches, Mary Kay, Halloween Costumes, Color Street, Tastefully Simple, Flags, Jewelry, Knives, Bath Products, Art and more.

Make sure you’re hungry as the 12+ food stalls offer ice cream, rib eye sandwiches, grilled cheese, nachos, pulled pork, Italian beef, funnel cake, fried pretzels, candy floss, Polish sausage, grilled pork sandwiches, wings, Bayou baskets, STL ribs, fish, pork burgers, curling fries, walking tacos, kettle corn pork rind, caramel nachos and more!

You can drink lemon shake-ups, frozen lemonade, coffee, shakes, soda, water, tea, gatorade and beer.

Friday events

Friday begins at Cole Memorial Park with an evening of family fun. The “A Zoo for You” petting zoo is run by Gilster Mary-Lee Corp. sponsored and Touch-A-Truck is sponsored by the Chester employees. Both events are free and take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Enjoy a chuckwagon dinner with a rough and tumble burger, cowboy beans, corn on the cob, saddle bag cake and a drink. The food is prepared by Barb’s Bounty and $ 5 tickets are required. Get them now at City Hall as there are limited tickets available on Friday.

After dinner, curl up and enjoy a free “Ghostbusters” demonstration on the lawn. Bring snacks and drinks. It is sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Chester.

There is a free teen street dance on Friday from 7pm to 10pm on Swanwick Street, behind Chester Square Gazebo Park, with music from Good Times Mobile DJ. When your teens have passed you by, head to the festival site for DJ Dick Fitzwell, made available by the Knights of Columbus from 5pm to 8pm

Guess who’s coming to a meet and greet ?! Fredbird will perform near the central stand on Friday from 7pm to 8pm. Fredbird is sponsored by Shawnee Trails Realty and the County Journal.

The headliners on Friday evening are the OG’s, who play on the main stage from 8 p.m. to midnight. This five-piece band plays classic rock and electric blues with a few surprises. They are accompanied by DB Productions LLC, who provide the sound and light.

Events on Saturday

Solo artists or families are invited to create a masterpiece on the sidewalk in the Chalk the Walk competition on Saturday. The submissions will be evaluated according to execution, use of materials, originality, creativity, use of materials and overall design.

The prizes are awarded in the following categories and age groups: Best children’s pieces, ages 5-9 and 10-15 years; Best piece for adults, ages 16 and up; and best family item.

Let your creativity run free, carve your jack-o-lanterns and bring them to the competition on Saturday. Prizes are awarded for:

• 10 years and younger, Silliest Jack and Most Traditional Jack

• 11-17 years old, Silliest Jack, Most Traditional Jack and Creepiest Jack

• 18 and older, Silliest Jack, Most Traditional Jack, Creepiest Jack and “Good Gourd Jack”.

For the sellers and marketers, the best decorated stand will be awarded a prize in autumn.

New this year is the Great Pumpkin Street Drags, sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts in Chester. At the Street Drags, pumpkin racers and pumpkin derby racers compete side by side in a unique elimination race. The participants in each division fight head-to-head for the coveted trophy. In addition, a prize for the best decoration and the most innovative design will be awarded in all categories.

Pumpkin racers are made from a single pumpkin or autumn pumpkin and a prefabricated chassis of any kind (skateboard, stroller, Tonka truck, etc …). Categories are 4-7 years, 8-11 years, 12-15 years, 16 for adults and family.

Meanwhile, the Pumpkin Derby Racers consist of a pumpkin or autumn pumpkin that has independent axles with attached wheels. Categories are 5-8 years, 9-12 years, 13-15 years and 16 to adults.

Pumpkin Racers and Derby Racers come in all shapes, sizes and speeds. Race time is Saturday 1pm.

The Kid Zone takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot across from St. Mary’s Church, with bouncy castles, interactive and games, Silly Jilly the Balloon Artist and Heroes for Kids. Heroes are volunteers who bring costumed heroes, law enforcement, firefighters, and the military together to make kids smile and build relationships with the community. Heroes for Kids is sponsored by the law firms Fisher, Kerkhover, Coffey and Gremmels and Colvis Investment Services.

Golden Pumpkin is sponsored by Benson’s Wine Bar, First Baptist Church, Knight Hawk Coal, Plumbing Solutions Inc., Rozier’s Country Market, Ace Hardware, and Domino’s. Silver Gourd is sponsored by Manor At Craig Farms, Darrell and Teri Crum, State Farm Insurance, Paul Gentry, Buena Vista National Bank, Chester National Bank and Dieterich Bank. Bronze squash sponsors are Victor’s Medi Center Pharmacy and Chester Animal Hospital.

The newest addition to the Popeye and Friends Character Trail will be unveiled on State Street and Taylor Street on Saturday at 11 a.m. The town will welcome Harold HamGravy, the original Thimble Theater cast member and OliveOyl’s long-standing love interest.

Another Saturday event is the disc golf tournament at Cole Memorial Park. Bring your friends and family to a little good-natured competition and have fun. The tournament is sponsored by the Southern Illinois Substance Abuse Alliance. Prizes are awarded.

The Chester Volleyball Club is hosting a Coed Sand Volleyball Tournament with the Chester Eagles on Saturday, starting at 11am. The entrance fee is $ 60.

The Chester Running Club and St. Mary’s PTO have categories for the 5K run (men and women) and categories for the 5K walk (men and women). The registration fee is $ 25 and includes a t-shirt.

St. Mary’s PTO is hosting a car show in Cole Memorial Park on Saturday. Registration is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the entry fee is $ 10. There is a food stand, a 50/50 raffle, attendance prizes and music from a DJ.

The Breezy Hill RC Flyers are holding a Fun Fly on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm on the Breezy Hill Flying Field of the Cohen Complex. Buddy flies a plane and learns all about the club.

Sam Higgerson is the DJ for Saturday morning. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the Rowdy Wranglers String Band plays on the main stage with bluegrass, old time country and rockabilly. The Rowdy Wranglers are sponsored by Square One Flooring and JT Blankenship Inc. Country singer Jesse James from Nashville, Tennessee will take the stage at 5: 30-6: 30pm. The headliners on Saturday are the Sojourn Rocs Band, a professional rock and country cover band on stage from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Sunday events

The Fall Festival Parade has a minimum of 35 participants and will leave Chester High School at 3:00 p.m. and make its way to the Randolph County Courthouse. Follow the parade to the main booth for a meet and greet with Disney characters and Paw Patrol, Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Grinch and Good Ol ‘Frosty! Sponsored by the City of Chester Parks and Recreation Committee.

Join us at 5:30 p.m. when Master Magician Terry Richison takes the main stage to amaze us.

Falling Skies Pyrotechnics will light up the sky with the fireworks finale at around 8:00 p.m. Don’t forget to get your 50/50 raffle tickets and Fall Festival shirts, which come in adult-youth sizes ($ 25 long sleeve and $ 20 short sleeve). These are now available in the town hall and while stocks last at the central stand.

Entry prizes are Friday and Saturday.

• Info:, on Facebook at Fall Fun in River City @ chesterillinois, email [email protected] or by phone (618) 826-1430.

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