Juniors ready for annual fall festival

   GFWC-IL Coal City Junior Woman’s Club is set to host its 33rd annual Octoberfest, a fall festival that got its start as an open air craft show.
The craft and vendor show remains a large part of the one-day festival that is highlighted by a host of food vendors, entertainment, kids activities and a parade.
The fall festival, organized by club members, will be held this Saturday, Oct. 6, in downtown Coal City. This year’s event will serve to honor the festival’s history with the theme, “Octoberfest through the Years.”
A few of the highlights include the big parade, dance and martial arts demonstrations, student vocal performance and presentation of the village of Coal City’s Community Service Award and GFWC-IL Prairie State Woman’s Club Woman of the Year.
The parade, featuring the Coal City High School and Middle School marching bands, and plenty of fire trucks, will step off at 3 p.m. from Carbon Street and proceed south on Broadway to Walnut Street.
As always there will be a variety of craft and vendor booths, a variety of favorite festival foods and fellowship as area residents and guest stroll along South Broadway.
    The festival gets underway at 9 a.m. and continues to 4 p.m. After the festival has concluded, New Hope Presbyterian Church invites the community to a spaghetti dinner at the church, 80 N. Garfield St. Dine in or carry out for $8 per adult or $5 for children ages 5-12.

 A schedule of events appears in this week's print edition of The Coal City Courant.