Fairfax will host its 28th annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 9. Organizers expect over 500 arts, crafts, information and food vendors to appear at this year's event, which will also include a carnival, new car show and live entertainment.
"There will be many of the same activities as in the past," said Leslie Herman, who is coordinating the festival. The car show will feature the 2005 models, and five bands will be performing at the SunTrust bank.
More than anything else, Herman said, will be the hundreds of craft vendors. "It's really a big craft show," she said.
<lst>What: Fairfax Fall Festival
When: Oct. 9 (rain date Oct. 10) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Carnival hours are Oct. 8, 5-9 p.m., and Oct. 9, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Downtown Fairfax. Shuttle buses will run from Fairfax and Woodson high schools and George Mason University beginning at 9:30 a.m.
How Much: Admission is $3. Some activities will have an additional cost. Many booths will have items for sale.
Lost & found will be at the City of Fairfax Parks & Recreation booth No. 122 at South Street and University Drive. For more information, call 703-385-7858 or visit http://www.fairfaxva.gov/SpecialEvents/FallFestival/
<lst>This year's Fall Festival bands will be performing at SunTrust Bank.
* 10-11 a.m. Al Petteway and Amy White, contemporary Celtic-influenced instrumental music
* 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. In The Tradition, bluegrass
* 1-2 p.m. Night Work, cover band with a twist
* 2:30-3:30 p.m. Southern Persuasion, country and Southern rock cover band
* 4-5 p.m. Boones Farmers, up-tempo blues and classic rock
<lst>The children's activity area will be at City Hall, 10455 Armstrong St.
* Carnival Rides (Friday, 5-9 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.)
* Pony Rides
* Face Painting
* SanDaeva Trading Co. (Candy Art, halos, wands and window art)
* George Mason University basketball throw
<lst>The youth activity area will be located at the parking lot at University Drive and North Street. A $1 fee will be collected. 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
* Rock wall
* Rat Race obstacle course
* Whirley Bird
* Tubs of Fun
* USA Fire Department Slide
* Sports Bungee
<lst>The Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will have a booth at Fire Station 3 on University Drive.
The auxiliary will be selling coffee, food (including Nathan's famous hot dogs) and popcorn at the Fall Festival.
The fire department will also host an open house during the fall festival — visitors can see a fire truck, and the department will host activities for children.
<lst>Shuttle buses will run from Fairfax and Woodson high schools and George Mason University beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Handicapped and bicycle parking will be at City Hall and the municipal lots on North Street and Old Lee Highway. Additional parking will be in the Judicial Center parking garage lots on Page Avenue.