13th annual festival is now a two-day event

IL Fall Festival Countdown Begins

Friday, October 19th, 2018 | Chris McGinn - Carolina Gateway
IL Fall Festival Countdown Begins

CAROLINA GATEWAY — The Indian Land Fall Festival team marked its official kickoff for the November event at The Ivy Place in Van Wyck on Sept. 8. There are only 45 days left until the big event on Nov. 3-4.

Nearly 150 Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce members, event planners, sponsors, vendors and volunteers enjoyed a dinner from Archie Boy’s BBQ under the big tent. Organizer Mike Neese thanked participants and gave them an overview for this year’s bigger plans.

The group is planning a week of events, starting with a cornhole tournament in conjunction with the annual VFW barbecue on Oct. 27 at Brew’s Tavern. Additional happenings are scheduled throughout the week including a Day at the Park on Sunday, a spooky-themed golf tournament and a skeet and trap shooting event.

The weekend festival will be Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Indian Land schools complex off Doby’s Bridge and River roads. Parking is $5 and shuttles will be provided.

Nearly 200 vendors, including food trucks, local businesses and organizations will take part. The VFW Honoring Our Heroes car show will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 3.

In addition, there will be three stages for music and other performances including The Hinson Girls of Van Wyck and popular tribute bands.

Children’s activities include inflatables, a mini-train, farm animals and more. New this year are ticketed carnival rides including a Ferris wheel and a fireworks show.

Melvin Stroble, local school board member, spoke to the group to thank them for their recent efforts to improve and beautify the middle and high school training field, where part of the festival is held.

He said it improved “not just the face of the training field but the face of the community.” He said the project showed the benefits of schools, businesses and the community coming together with a common goal.

He also surprised festival team member Robin Hensel with special recognition for her hard work and service to the community.

Stroble asked the crowd to stand and recite a quote from Margaret Mead as they began this year’s endeavor: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Neese emphasized a need for many volunteers to assist with the events of the week. Groups and individuals who can help are asked to contact Robin Hensel at indianlandfallfest@gmail.com.

For details on events, sponsorship, vendor or volunteer opportunities, visit www.indianland fallfest.com.

Schedule of events

This year’s Indian Land Fall Festival will have 10 days of fun events, including the expanded two-day festival Nov. 3-4.

Here are the events planned so far:

Event details are subject to change.

Festival Vendor Info

Indian Land Fall Festival organizers are seeking arts and crafts, nonprofit and business vendors, as well as food vendors. For a 10-foot-by-10-foot booth space, rental fees are $35 for nonprofit organizations and arts and crafts vendors; $75 for home-based businesses (under $25,000 annual income); $150 for business vendors; and $350 for food vendors, including food trucks. The vendor deadline has been extended until Oct. 1 or until all the spaces have been filled.