The 31st Fall Festival finds home downtown

Kelsey Gerhardt Staff Writer

September 18, 2013

The Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival will once again be located in downtown Middlesboro this year. The event, which will be on Oct. 4 and 5, will include rides, crafts, vendors, food and concerts.

This year the festival will also include free entry in hopes to involve more of the community and get more people to the events. There will be buckets at the festival for donations or citizens can make a donation to the Bell County Chamber of Commerce.

There will also be a pageant on Sept. 28 where a Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival Queen will be crowned. The pageant will begin at 2 p.m. at the Middlesboro Central Auditorium.

Road closures will begin the morning of Oct. 2 to allow time for festival set-up. The city parking lot will be utilized for vendor harvest tents and entertainment.

This year’s festival entertainment will include local entertainment, Pistol Creek music from Merrillville, a wagon and stagecoach demonstration, an All-American Lumberjack presentation, as well as Celeste Kellogg of the Disney Channel. Demonstrators will be on-hand to show basket weaving, broom making, blacksmithing and other old time pioneer crafts.

“We’re really excited about bringing all of these new things to the festival,” said Bo Farmer who is serving his fifth year as festival chairman.

Tuesday’s city council meeting was the first with new councilwoman Suzi Pursifull in attendance. Also discussed at this meeting was the condemnation of 14 local properties and the issuance of eight new business licenses.