People attending a previous Homewood Fall Fest sample the chili at the Chili Cook-Off. This year the Fall Fest is set for Sept. 21. | File photo
Updated: October 21, 2013 6:11AM
As a traditional family destination, the Pumpkin Patch may be the meeting place of choice at the 12th annual Homewood Fall Fest.
The patch is one of many attractions returning for the enjoyment of festgoers as they travel along “historic Martin Avenue” from Hickory Road to Ridge Road on Saturday.
The route is tree-lined and strung with lights “like a Parisian festival with shops, artisans, and smoke from the grills ... in an authentic and walkable downtown,” Rachael Jones, Homewood’s public relations and special events manager, said.
Featuring live music from 2 to 10 p.m., live entertainment for children, a round-robin bean bag tournament, and the popular chili cookoff, the fest offers a full day of activities.
This year’s musical lineup includes Homewood duo Joy Deyo and Brian Dishon, Sweet Nobody, who recently returned to Homewood from Los Angeles to record their first album of indie/folk/pop music.
The pair titled their debut album “Homewood” in honor of their hometown, Deyo said.
“Our ideas started in L.A., but we felt like they really came to life here, so that’s why we titled the album ‘Homewood,’ ” Deyo said. “It’s been a great place to dig into our art. It’s also so nice to be near family here and it’s such a rootsy place — somewhere to belong rather than a place where you feel like just a number.”
Three more bands throughout the day — Strung Out, Bigtop Band and Latin Satin Soul — keep things humming into the evening.
Two 45-minute shows by “Mr. Magic” provide live entertainment for children, and pony rides, games and a variety of activities can be planned around the visit to the Pumpkin Patch.
About 20 local food vendors will offer a variety of refreshments, and nearly 50 independent artisans’ creations will be on display and for sale.
The popular chili cook-off winner will be crowned “Homewood’s Top Chef” following a 2 p.m. contest and 3 p.m. tasting open to the public.
New this year, Jones said, are horse-drawn wagon rides, which will feature viewings of the Richard Haas murals throughout the village.
A bonfire and showing of “Hotel Transylvania” at 8 p.m. will round out the evening.
“The Fest is an opportunity for those considering a move to see what Homewoodians do about every six weeks,” Jones said.
For more information about the fest schedule or to register for the chili cookoff, visit www.homesweethomewood.com.