Fall fest fun supports community programs

By ALLEN LAMAN
alaman@dcherald.com

DALE — Hog wrestling, the Dirty Deeds AC/DC Tribute Band and pronto pups are all coming back to Dale this weekend.

You guessed it — the 51st annual Dale Fall Festival will pop up in Spencer County Thursday through Saturday. The fest includes returning favorites listed above, as well as new displays, including a BMX bike stunt show and wheat threshing demonstrations.

“Just coming to the festival and supporting the Dale Fall Fest is something huge for us because the money that we get from the festival not only goes back into the next year’s festival, but it goes into programs around our community that help so many people,” said Hope Davis, a festival committee member who was also the festival queen in 2015. “This festival is what helps make our community better. Just coming and supporting the local booths is more than we could ask for, and we appreciate (it).”

Admission is free, and money raised at the booths and beer garden goes to things like school organizations, a summer adventure program for children of low income families, the town police department, and more.

Davis said the Wonder Wheels BMX stunt show is a street performance that will feature bikers zipping up ramps during several time slots throughout the festival weekend. Local farmers will head up the wheat threshing demonstrations, which will give attendees a chance to see how the crop is sliced and baled.

Returning after a hiatus is the interactive fire safety smoke house. That activity is held in a trailer and teaches participants — it’s mostly directed to children — how to react in fire situations through a simulated fire.

The festival’s grand raffle is a big deal every year, and this year, Davis said the fest has many more prizes than in the past. Participants in the Saturday morning 5K walk and run are also entered into a raffle drawing of their own.

Live music performances and cornhole and horseshoe tournaments also dot the schedule. Davis said her deep love for the event comes from the fact that it brings people together.

“It’s a community event where everyone has to come together to be able to put this on,” she said. “And I just love seeing that. People coming together despite their differences of political opinions or beliefs. Everyone is just coming together to put this one event on.”

 

Schedule of Events

*All times are CDT

 

Thursday

5 p.m. Grounds open, carnival rides open ($15 bracelet night), games, beer garden, Gus Burgers, Pronto Pups, bratwurst, etc.

6 p.m. Cheerleader and dance team performance (large basketball court)

6 p.m. Thirsty Thursday $2 beer (all night in beer garden)

6:30 p.m. Little Miss & Mister Pageant (center park stage)

7 p.m. Euchre Tourney (beer garden)

8-10 p.m. Honky Tonk Deluxe band performs (center park stage)

 

Friday

4 p.m. Grounds open, carnival rides by Fiesta Rides open ($20 Bracelet Night), games, beer garden, Gus Burgers, Pronto Pups, bratwurst, BBQ sandwiches, etc.

5 p.m. Grilled pork chop and fried chicken dinners served

5 p.m. Wonder Wheels BMX stunt show (Wallace Street, west of Witte Fields)

5 p.m. Bingo (northeast corner of park)

5-7 p.m. Bomar and Ritter (center park stage)

5-9 p.m. Fire Safety Smoke House (next to the large basketball court)

6 p.m. Kiddie tractor pull (Wallace Street, west of Witte Feeds)

6 p.m. Wheat threshing demonstration (Witte Feeds lot)

7 p.m. Wonder Wheels BMX stunt show (Wallace Street, west of Witte Fields)

7 p.m. 3-on-3 Basketball Tourney (large basketball court)

7 p.m. Horseshoe Tourney (Brown Bros lot)

8-10 p.m. Terry Lee & the Rockaboogie Band (center park stage)

8-11 p.m. Street Dance with DJ High Voltage (former EMT building)

8 p.m. to Midnight 2 Guilty Pleasure band (beer garden)

 

Saturday

6-9 a.m. BBQ Team registration (Brown Bros lot)

7 a.m. 5K walk/run (former EMT building)

8 a.m. Golf Scramble (Christmas Lake Golf Course)

9 a.m. Children’s Pet Parade (large basketball court)

9:30 a.m. Cake Walk (small basketball court)

9:30-11 a.m. Children’s games (former EMT building)

10 a.m. Grounds open

11 a.m. Grilled pork chop and fried chicken dinners served

11 a.m.-2 p.m. People’s Choice chili judging (Brown Bros lot)

11:30 a.m. Silly Safaris Live Animal Show (large basketball court)

Noon-2 p.m. CW3 band (center park stage)

2 p.m. Parade with Grand Marshals Daryl and June Lovell

3:30 p.m. Carnival rides by Fiesta Rides open ($20 bracelet night)

3:30 p.m. Wonder Wheels BMX stunt show (Wallace Street, west of Witte Fields)

3:30-7 p.m. 2 Miles Back Band (Center park stage)

4 p.m. Hog Wrestle (Brown Bros lot)

4 p.m. Bingo (northeast corner of park)

4 p.m. WBDC Cornhole Tourney; Registration begins at 3 p.m. (Brown Bros lot)

4-6 p.m. Fire Safety Smoke House (next to the large basketball court)

4-7 p.m. Eighty-Sixt Band (beer garden)

5 p.m. Wonder Wheels BMX stunt show (Wallace Street, west of Witte Fields)

5 p.m. Betsy Bingo (Wallace Street, west of Witte Feeds)

5-7 p.m. Drone Golf Ball Drop (softball field)

6 p.m. Wheat threshing demonstration (Witte Feeds lot)

6:30 p.m. BBQ Awards (Brown Bros lot)

7 p.m. Horseshoe Tourney (Brown Bros lot)

7 p.m. Wonder Wheels BMX stunt show (Wallace Street, west of Witte Fields)

8-11 p.m. Stone Creek Station band (center park stage)

8-11 p.m. Dirty Deeds AC/DC Tribute Band (beer garden)

11 p.m. Grand Raffle with over $5,000 in prizes




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