Fall Fest to Become a New Ellwood Tradition

Ellwood City is two years into a establishing a new annual tradition: Fall Fest. This year’s fall fest will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Ellwood.

“It’s a community oriented event featuring local businesses,” event chairman Bob Rivers said. “Everything will be free or low cost.”

Last year, the Chamber of Commerce decided to resurrect Fall Fest, which hadn’t been done in many years. The event had almost 2000 people and 200 cars participating in a car cruise. Rivers organized the event last year as well.

“We’re made some adjustments which should make the event more organized and enjoyable,” Rivers, the owner of National Grind coffee shop on on 400 Lawrence Ave, said.

This year, the car cruise will return, starting at Ninth Street and ending on Sixth. The first 100 cars will receive a grab bag full of local business goodies and a dash plague.

Rivers is excited about a new feature event: a soup crawl- a local business pairs with a local restaurant to have a soup competition. The event is free to participate in and soup eaters may cast votes for their three favorite soups at the information booth. The event is from noon to 3 p.m.

Committee member Caroline Golmic said the winner will receive $100 and a gold-colored spoon. “I’m excited about the spoon,” Golmic said.

In addition to the car cruise and soup crawl, the committee has organized a multitude of spectacles of vendor booths to enjoy, including an Amish bakery with donuts, ribs by Smokin’ Daves, Mex-to-Go taco truck and a Portersville food truck. Local organizations such as the Ellwood Historical Society, local gyms, the Color Center and the “Bigfoot” cast and crew will also have booths. The Chamber of Commerce will also have an open house at their semi-new location on 806 Lawrence Ave.

For children, there will be activities such as bounce houses which will cost only a few dollars to enjoy.

For more information, please call the Ellwood City Chamber of Commerce at 724-758-5501 or visit the Information Booth on Saturday.

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