By Travis Mounts, TSnews
CONWAY SPRING – The annual Conway Springs Fall Fest is this week, the first of several festivals and other fall events in the area.
The festival will run Sept. 23-25. This year’s theme is “A Walk on the Wild Side.”
Much of the festival will take place on Saturday.
This year’s schedule includes several new events to go along with many longtime favorites.
“We’re excited and ready to get this going,” said Daphne Kennard, a member of the organizing committee.
The annual parade begins at 11 a.m. It will start at the Conway Springs High School parking lot and head south on Cranmer Ave. It will turn east on Parallel Road for one block, go south on 8th Street for a block, go east one block on Kansas Avenue, head north on 7th Street, and then go east on Spring Avenue.
Line-up for the parade will be 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Optional judging for cash prizes will be at 10:30 a.m. Do your best to “walk on the wild side” and reflect this year’s theme.
Arts and crafts booths will be open in Central Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Other happenings include the Conway Springs City Library used book sale, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the touch-a-truck event after the parade downtown; the kids train, running form noon to 4 p.m. on the east side of the Central Park; archery hands-on training 1-5 p.m.; and hayrack rides 3-6 p.m. at the Scout Hut in Central Park.
The Conway Springs Historical Museum will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. It is located on West Spring Avenue next to the police station.
Saturday begins with the Fall Fest 2-mile run/walk at 8 a.m. Registration and the start line will be at Vintage Bank. Grain Bin Liquor will have a beer, wine and liquor tasting starting at noon. You must be 21 or older, and supplies are limited.
There are some new events this year. There is a Tik Tok challenge running 1:30-9 p.m. Information will be posted on the Fall Fest Facebook page on Friday morning. You need to meet by the caboose at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the rules. The winner will be announced at 9 p.m.
The Conway Springs Community Theatre will be holding a free scavenger hunt for youth from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday. A cheetah has been reported missing from the wildlife refuge, and investigators suspect it has been “cheetah-napped.” Follow the clues to locate the cheetah for the rescue team.
There also will be a murder mystery for adults. It will be like geocaching, with different clues available at different locations in the park.
Like many small town festivals, Conway Springs Fall Fest is dealing with the loss of its carnival (see related story). This year’s festival will feature park inflatables 5-9 p.m. Friday and 12-8 p.m. Saturday. All-day wristband passes are $10. The festival also will have large yard games from Bluestem Rentals. Think of monster-sized versions of corn hole, washers, chess, pong and more. The games will be available 5-9 p.m. Friday and 12-8 p.m. Saturday.
The annual taco feed will be held 4-9 p.m Friday at the concession stand in Central Park. Sunday’s events include the Bill May Memorial Horseshoe Tournament starting at 9 a.m., and the worship in the park at 11 a.m.
The band shell will be busy all afternoon and evening on Saturday with a wide variety of music and other entertainment. The lineup includes local school dance teams, cheerleaders, band and choir performances. A pet costume contest will take place at 3 p.m.
Saturday winds up with fireworks at 9 p.m. and a street dance after that. Fireworks will be shot off from the north side of the swimming pool.