Our neighbor to the south will be celebrating its 43rd Annual Newman Fall Festival with activities for the whole family. Following the theme “Celebrating a Harvest of Good Times and 125 years of Newman’s History” there’s something going on during the weekend for every age from children to adults.
Those who can only be there for a small portion of the event may want to attend the 11 a.m. parade on Sunday morning and see the Miss Patterson and Little Mr. and Miss Apricot royalty on the Apricot Fiesta parade float.
Below is just a sampling of the activities planned and not the entire schedule. All events are at the Pioneer Park on R Street in Newman unless otherwise noted:
Friday, Aug. 30:
12 Noon. Carnival rides open in the Pioneer Park and continue operating through the weekend.
7 p.m. Evening Under the Stars, a wine, microbrew and cheese tasting event in Downtown Plaza is limited to the first 350 people who buy the $30 admission ticket. Cheese will be provided by Hilmar Cheese Company and microbrews provided by area breweries. Catered hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Good Times Catering in Newman. Saturday, Aug. 31:
10 a.m. The Children’s Petting Zoo will open in the Pioneer Park and run throughout the weekend.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can take a trolley tour to Newman’s historic homes. The tour is free, courtesy of the Newman Fall Festival and Newman Historical Society.
3 to 5 p.m. Local dancers of all ages will perform dances at the Gazebo in the center of Pioneer Park.
Sunday, Sept. l:
9 a.m. Sounds N Motion will take over the musical entertainment in the Gazebo as the carnival, food, arts and crafts and commercial booths will all be open for business.
11 a.m. The Newman Fall Festival Parade will wind through the downtown streets and end at Pioneer Park.
4 to 6 p.m. Minute To Win It Contest, based on the television show, will be on the Gazebo stage. Contestants will try to complete a task in one minute using everyday office supplies or household items. The event is free and contestants can sign up as early as Saturday at the Fall Festival booth for the random drawing as to who will get on stage to participate.
8 p.m. Think You Can Dance Newman? Dance Contest at the Gazebo will feature individuals and dance groups who will complete to see who has the best moves. Entrants must do an age-appropriate dance, bring a copy of chosen sheet music and pay a $5 entry fee. Acts will be censored.
10 p.m. Kids Dance Party immediately following the dance contest at the Gazebo.