If you’re looking to get away this weekend for some small-town festival fun, check out Elsberry’s Fall Festival this Saturday. While you’re there, enjoy the craft beer from two local breweries, Wentzville’s Friendship Brewery and O’Fallon’s Good News Brewery.
On Saturday, October 7, the Elsberry community will host its 66th Annual Fall Festival event. What originally began as an opportunity for a school without a football team to have a homecoming experience (including a parade and coronation) has grown into a larger event appealing to those beyond Elsberry and serving as an integral part of the community’s local tourism efforts.
The morning will kick off with a pancake breakfast served by the Elsberry Cub Scout Pack 391 from 6a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Elsberry Methodist Church (across the street from City Park).
At 10 a.m. festivities in the park will begin with vendors offering everything from art (e.g. painting and wood carvings) and crafts to home-based businesses like Usborne [books] and LuLaRoe [clothing]. There will also be children’s games, hayrides, pumpkins for sale and free small pumpkins for children to decorate.
At 11 a.m. the parade will begin featuring school floats, local groups, tractors, and marching bands from Elsberry, Paris, and Van-Far High School.
Following the parade there will be a wide variety of foods to choose from benefiting both church and civic groups as well as individual businesses. Don Marty with Ultimate Party Productions will provide music throughout the day in the park, but from 12-2 p.m. Kg Lillian, a performer from Austin, TX, will be playing acoustic originals as well as covers of other artists.
At 2:15 p.m. the three high school bands will return to the park for a “Battle of the Bands” with each band performing two numbers. Immediately following, trophies will be presented to the best parade performance and the best park performance. Events in city park will wrap up at 4 p.m. in preparation for the coronation at 7 p.m. at the Elsberry High School gym. Admission to the coronation is $.25 per person. Elsberry students are encouraged to show up in support of their class representatives.
A new feature to the Festival this year is the Biergarten at Auburn St. and South 4th. Beginning at 11 a.m., anyone 21 years of age or older can enjoy beer from Anheuser Busch or local craft breweries like Friendship Brewing Company in Wentzville, Mark Twain in Hannibal, Good News in O’Fallon, and Urban Chestnut in St. Louis. There will also be food and live music from artist Mickey Scott Music and the group Borrowed Time. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased online at picatic.com/Elsberry2017 or at the Adam Heitman Shelter Insurance Agency in Elsberry. Tickets will also be available the day of the event for $30.