Valley Grande Fall Festival produces strong turnout

Published 5:03 am Monday, October 9, 2023

A bright sun, clear blue skyline, and cool gentle breeze greeted the third annual Valley Grande Fall Festival guests on Saturday.

Forty vendors and spectators packed the Valley Grande Walking Trail with food ranging from cupcakes, ice cream, assorted cakes,  barbecue, pancakes and grits.  T-shirts, artwork, jewelry, and woodwork were also being sold.

Councilwoman Sara Day, who is in charge of community events, said she was thrilled with how the event went.

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“I’m really pleased with the turnout,” Day said. “The weather is perfect for a fall festival. I’m so thankful to everyone who made it a success.”

Mayor Wayne Labbe drove children around in a barrel ride and said he expected a strong crowd.

“The event went well,” Labbe said. “More people came when the soccer crowd from the park came over. The festival had a good turnout, everyone enjoyed it. The kids had fun.”

Tee’s Treats, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Kona Ice, Ya Ya Spot, and Y Not Entertainment were among the vendors. Dallas County High School cheerleaders also had a booth selling hats, cupcakes, assorted candies, and cakes.

 A bouncy house and dunking booth were among the games for the kids. Dallas County Circuit Clerk Lynnethia Bennett performed at the event.

Day said that several packs of Pumpkins were purchased from Dave’s Market.

Labbe and Day were joined by council members Robbie Rose, Kay Davidson and Bruce Hughes.

“I would personally like to thank Sara Day for all of her hard work,” Davidson said.

Members of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and Valley Grande Fire Department were also on hand for support.