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Scottdale Fall Festival offers 'something for everyone'

| Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A longtime area tradition that is now approaching its fourth decade as one of the area's finest Autumn events, the Scottdale Fall Festival is a weekend packed full of fun and festivities for all ages to enjoy.

Marking its 39th year in the town, the festival runs Friday, Saturday and Sept. 22 and will be held in the renovated gazebo park and surrounding area.

“We have a great festival planned for this year,” festival committee chair Rick Thomas said. “We always make sure that there is something for everyone.”

The weekend will begin with opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. on Friday at the gazebo, followed by musical entertainment.

“We have a wide variety of music at our festival,” Thomas said. “We will have jazz, country, rhythm and blues, top 40 and rock 'n' roll. We try to have music for everyone who comes, both young and old.”

Friday will feature the popular dog show that will be held starting at 4:30 at the festival stage.

The show will feature the pet parade and several contests that include best trick, shortest ears, best dressed and longest length.

“The dog show is always a popular event with the crowds,” Thomas said.

All dogs must be registered to participate but four-legged friends are welcome and must be leashed.

The annual festival race will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, but preregistrations will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday nights, and starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The big annual parade will start at noon Saturday and honor the community of Scottdale this year.

“We don't have themes for our parades, but we focus on special groups,” Thomas said. “This year we will be recognizing the Scottdale community and the different organizations that give back to the community.”

Saturday will feature the youth chalk contest, a newer event that has proven to be a big hit with the crowds, and this year's new location will bring the artwork closer to the festival.

“The chalk contest has been very well received,” Thomas said. “We moved it closed to the festival this year, and it will be right off of Spring Street so everyone will get to enjoy the artwork.”

A big car show will be the highlight Sept. 22, with registration to open at 9 a.m.

Food from various vendors will be featured all weekend, as well as numerous craft booths.

The children's craft and activities areas will be a big part of the festivities, with two areas dedicated to entertaining the children for the weekend.

“We plan our festival all year and every year we try to find something that is a little different while also bringing back the things that people enjoy,” Thomas said. “Our festival is really about community. It's a special time for us to honor those people in the community by bringing them something that they can enjoy, while also having something special for those who aren't from our community. We hope to see everyone at our festival this year.”

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Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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