CAROLINA GATEWAY — Soaring swings, towering slides, furry farm animals and a Ferris wheel are all planned to entertain children of all ages at the Indian Land Fall Festival on Nov. 3 and 4.
The 13th annual event promises to surpass past events with the new two-day festival held at the Indian Land schools complex off River Road.
“We have greatly expanded the kids’ activities this year and are excited with the new lineup,” said festival organizer Mike Neese. “With the magic of Jef Lambdin and the flag-raising to start the day to the fireworks closing the evening, there will be continual activities for the kids and families throughout the day.”
New this year will be festival rides such as a Ferris wheel, Round Up and swing attraction from Palmetto Amusements. There will be a variety of rides for all ages.
Tickets will be sold for these rides beginning at $1, with package deals available for larger quantities. Most rides require multiple tickets.
In addition to rides, there will be a number of other activities for children and teens. Among these are a variety of inflatables, including a 27-foot-long triple slide and several inflatable obstacle courses. A new attraction called the “Toxic Meltdown” pits contestants against a spinning arm that has to be dodged or jumped.
The kids’ area will also include a mini trackless train for rides around the venue. The Amazi’N Blazi’N Fire Truck, a ride-on firetruck, will make its first appearance at the festival.
The ever-popular FFA farm area will be open with live farm animals. Pony rides from His Barn will be available for an additional cost.
Armbands will be sold for $12 to access these attractions on both days of the event.
A pre-sale through PTOs at area schools will offer the bands for $10 before the event. Dance U will also presell bands 3-9 p.m. daily beginning Oct. 22.
Festival-goers will also enjoy free music and entertainment on three stages, including DJ C.C. Moore from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 4 on the Reservation Stage. One Fret Over, a bluegrass group of young musicians, will take the stage at 2 p.m. Nov. 4.
Local dance studios and Ballantyne School of Music will also be performing.
Active Waste will bring its show truck for photos, and Comporium’s mascot will also be greeting attendees.
A VFW-sponsored car show will be worth a visit. Food trucks and family-friendly vendors will be on hand throughout the venue.
For the first time in the festival’s history, Saturday will end with a fireworks display, sponsored by Sharonview Federal Credit Union.
Families are invited to join the Indian Land Fall Festival for a day at Andrew Jackson State Park 1-5 p.m. Oct. 28. The event will feature free food and games. The Urban Angler, Maliek Carrington, will be on hand to teach kids how to fish. Free fishing poles will be provided while supplies last. Indian Land Animal Hospital is one of the event’s sponsors.