String up your necklace of pretzels, run a lint roller over your lederhosen/dirndls, and rinse out your steins, everyone. It’s time for a new fall festival in Fayetteville.
The event, described as a hybrid between a fall festival and an Oktoberfest celebration organized by the new Downtown Fayetteville Coalition, is set for Sunday, Oct. 1 on Dickson Street.
“Autumn is when Fayetteville shines, so we’re excited to mix a fall festival with a more traditional Oktoberfest to celebrate,” said Kelly Rich, Director of Downtown Initiatives at Experience Fayetteville. “We’re planning a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy, and we have high hopes to make Falltoberfest a beloved Fayetteville tradition.”
Hannah Withers, the force behind Block Street Block Party and other Fayetteville events, will assist in planning the event that will include live music, “zany competitions,” local craft beer, and other festivities.
The live music lineup will feature a host of local talent, organizers said, along with New Orleans funk band Flow Tribe, Springfield, Mo. hip hop act Really Bad People, and others.
Several local businesses will get involved with activities and stages as well. Kingfish will host a Mr. Oktoberfest pageant, FNB will host a mocktail competition, and Hounds Lounge will lead a “Dogtoberfest” dog show.
Pretzel eating competitions and pumpkin rolling are also on the agenda.
Organizers are currently seeking food, crafts, local business, and non-profit vendors who can apply at downtownfay.com. The deadline to apply is Sept. 10.
A bit more info about the event is available at downtownfay.org/falltoberfest-23.