Frankfort Fall Fest opens Wednesday night
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY firstname.lastname@example.org August 26, 2014 6:48PM
Updated: September 28, 2014 6:30AM
The 46th annual Frankfort Fall Festival is expected to draw roughly 300,000 people, including some superheroes, over the Labor Day weekend.
The theme this year acknowledges the sacrifices made by “everyday superheroes” such as the volunteers who make their communities a better place and the moms and dads who work long hours to make sure their families are well taken care of, festival chairman Keith Ogle said.
“Hopefully, we will have a lot of fun with the theme. It’s one that all ages can relate to. It will be a great fest,” he said.
The festival, which will run Wednesday night through Monday, is all volunteer-driven, sponsored by the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce and assisted by 30 civic organizations.
Becca Gilbert, a Lincoln-Way Central High School student, won the festival poster contest, with her winning design to fit the everyday superheroes theme.
Fall Fest, recognized nationally for its arts and crafts, will feature about 300 artisans this year, including several new ones. The craft fair runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.
The festival offers a variety of carnival rides, music, entertainment, a beer tent, food booths and a parade at 1 p.m. Sunday. The parade grand marshals are Frankfort residents Don and Jeanne Schwarz — “hard-working people” who have been “volunteers forever,” Ogle said.
Parade participants are encouraged to dress like their favorite superhero or comic book character.
The carnival, sponsored by the Frankfort Fire Protection District, launches Fall Fest on Wednesday at 5 p.m., with unlimited rides for a $23 wristband on Wednesday and Thursday, and runs through Monday at 5 p.m. Special Needs Day at the carnival will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday.
The Frankfort Lions Club’s annual sweepstakes dance has a new twist this year and has been dubbed the Wurst Fest, with German music and beer from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Thursday in the entertainment tent. Tickets in advance are $20 per couple, or $25 at the door, and include an entry into the sweepstakes, with its $10,000 grand prize. Information is at frankfortlionsclub.com
The entertainment/beer tent opens Friday night at 5 p.m., with Five Guys Named Moe and a $5 admission. On Saturday, from 1 to 5 p.m., it’s the Leadfoot Band, followed by Midlife Crisis from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday’s entertainment is Timings Everything from 1 to 5 p.m. and Funhouse from 7 to 11 p.m. On Monday, the Bishops Daredevil Stunt Club performs rock music from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission to the tent is $2 from noon to 6 p.m. and $5 after 6 p.m.
There will be free musical entertainment on stage at Breidert Green, featuring Dave and Lynn Gow and the Blue Hour on Saturday, the Kings of Dixieland and the Frankfort Brass Band on Sunday and School of Rock and the Leadfoot Band on Monday.
For more information on this weekend’s festivities, visit