Best Week of Fall offers fun for all

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By Chris McGinn

The Best Week of Fall  – Sept. 28–Oct. 6 – is back and better than ever.
Starting with the Carolinas Chili Championship on Saturday, Sept. 28, and ending with the two-day Indian Land Fall Festival, the week promises to be full of local fun and community pride.
“With a week-long format, we have many types of activities so there is something for everyone,” said director Mike Neese.
“It’s a great opportunity to promote Indian Land and Lancaster County and share the great community that we have,” he said.
Activities are planned throughout the week, ranging from chili tasting and networking to golf and fishing.
On Sept. 29, families are invited to a “Day at the Park” for free fishing, food and fun at Andrew Jackson State Park.
On Oct. 1, local business owners and others interested in networking can meet up for the Carolinas Referral Group mixer.
Oct. 2 is the day of Indian Land High School PTO’s homecoming bonfire, as well as a skeet tourney.
On Oct. 3, golf lovers can participate in a tournament at Sun City Carolina Lakes or in the Indian Land Rotary Club’s mini-golf event that evening
On Oct. 4, everyone is invited to support the Indian Land Warriors as they take on Chester in the homecoming game starting at 7:30 p.m.
On Oct. 5, the 14th annual Indian Land Fall Festival will be in full swing from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 6.
A big hit last year, a fireworks display sponsored by Sharonview Federal Credit Union will close the festival Saturday night, following Whits End band on the main stage.
Nearly 100 arts and crafts vendors, businesses and nonprofits will be on hand to meet festival attendees.
Multiple food trucks will also be available for a variety of tastes.
The festival will also feature two stages with more than a dozen performances by local bands and other groups, such as dance teams and karate performance teams.
Other entertainment includes a performing poodle show and a butterfly tent.
Wristbands are available for $15 to access the children’s entertainment, including popular inflatables, a farm zone and the Amazi’n Blazi’n Fire Truck ride-along.
Wristbands will be presold through local elementary and middle schools. These include a $5 satellite parking pass. Part of the proceeds of presales will support local PTOs.
There is no additional entry charge for the festival, but there is a $5 parking fee at school and satellite lots.
For more information on the Indian Land Fall Festival and Best Week of Fall events, visit www.indianlandfallfest.com.

Best Week of Fall events

Sept. 26 – Kickoff at the Ivy Place for vendors, sponsors, volunteers and community partners
Sept. 28 – Carolinas Chili Championship (VFW car show, pancake breakfast, cornhole tournament and poker run)
Sept. 29 – Day at the Park at Andrew Jackson State Park
Oct. 1 – Local business networking event
Oct. 2 – Skeet tournament, ILHS PTO homecoming bonfire
Oct. 3 – Golf tournament and Rotary Club mini golf
Oct. 4 – ILHS homecoming game and Indian Land Leadership Summit at ILMS
Oct. 5 – Indian Land Fall Festival 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Oct. 6 – Indian Land Fall Festival 11 a.m.-7 p.m.