By Travis Mounts, TSnews
CLEARWATER – It’s time to party in Clearwater, with the Clearwater Fall Festival taking place Friday through Sunday.
Things kick off Friday evening. Food vendors will operate from 5 to 10 p.m., and At Your Request DJ will play music during that same window.
The photo contest will run 5-7 p.m. in the Clearwater East Elementary gymnasium. The chili contest will go 5:30-7 p.m. in the same location. Friday night will conclude with bingo at Elementary East, starting at 7 p.m.
Clearwater is one of the fall festivals that still has a carnival on its schedule. WEEE Entertainment will be open 6-10 p.m. on Friday, and during two time periods on Saturday: 12-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. The carnival will be located in City Park. Wristbands will be available for $30 per evening. Ticket prices are $4 for single tickets, with various bundles available.
The bulk of the festival’s events will take place on Saturday, either at City Park or nearby. Highlights include the car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Ross Avenue, the vendor and craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Elementary East, and the photo contest display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Elementary East.
The annual parade will begin at 10 a.m. This Thursday is the entry deadline for the parade, and details can be found online at www.clearwaterfallfest.com. There will be prizes for themed floats, best dressed horse and rider, and bicycle, and there is an open float division.
The Clearwater Historical Society will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free hot dogs and water starting at noon while supplies last.
The kids corner will be open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in City Park. The bounce houses will be open 1-6 p.m.
The annual ducky dash will be at 2 p.m.
There will be plenty of food options. The Methodist Church will offer biscuits and gravy starting at 7:30 a.m., and will serve lunch starting at 11 a.m. Food trucks will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The ice cream social will run 2-3 p.m. in the park shelter. A fall festival button is required.
Buttons are $5 per person, and are needed for the bounce houses, chili feed, cornhole tournament, bingo, craft fair, and the bands.
The Clearwater alumni dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Clearwater Middle School.
Saturday will wrap up with live music from Jared Brown and the Dirt Road Misfits, starting at 7 p.m. at the stage. The band is country influenced and plays music covering four decades, including 1970s rock, oldies and Red Dirt country.
On Sunday, a community church service will be held at 11 a.m. at the shelter in City Park. The museum will open again, from 1 to 4 p.m.