Our View: Fun for all at Indian Land fall festival

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The 11th Indian Land Rotary Fall Festival this Saturday promises to be fun for all involved. Plan to come out and support this local effort that gives back through community projects in our local schools, library and more.

It’s almost time for the 11th annual Indian Land Rotary Fall Festival, set for Saturday, Sept. 24.
Saturday’s festival promises to be a lot of fun for everyone from toddlers to teens and older folks, all for a good cause – helping support Indian Land Rotary Club’s local projects, including the Del Webb Library’s summer reading program, annual third-grade dictionary project, scholarships, school needs, literacy projects, sports teams and more.
Festival chair Bryce Miller is hoping for a big crowd Saturday. Past festivals have drawn as many as 14,000 visitors and raised an average of $15,000.
This year’s event will be at CrossRidge (formerly known as the City of Light), 3000 WorldReach Drive, off Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521). The festival opens at 10 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m.
Saturday’s festival will feature live area entertainment on stage all day, with musical acts ranging from a flute ensemble and school choirs to a garage band, local dance teams and karate demos.
Head to the stage area at 11 a.m. to see Andrew Jackson impersonator Arthur Lightbody’s portrayal of the seventh president’s later years while you eat lunch under the dining tent.
Speaking of lunch, there will be plenty of festival food, from shaved ice and funnel cakes to hot dogs, barbecue and chili, along with plenty of lemonade to wash it all down.
There will be plenty of activities for youth, too, with a couple of new attractions – the Indian Land Farm Club’s small-animal petting zoo and horse rides.  The ever-popular video gaming truck will be back, along with the Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ arts and craft tent, and inflatable bounce houses, slides and obstacle courses, courtesy of Covenant Baptist Church and ServPro.
Take a good look at Indian Land Fire Department’s  fire and rescue trucks, as well as the county’s smokehouse, where kids can practice fire drills.
 In a return to the festival’s roots as a fundraiser for the Del Webb Library at Indian Land, there will be a larger library presence this year. The Friends of the Del Webb Library, which is organizing and supplying volunteers for the event, is bringing its children’s author talk to the festival. Sun City resident Pat Leonard will read her children’s book, “The Field Trip,” and sign copies at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Friends’ booth next to the Lancaster County Library’s Bookmobile. Mother Goose willl tell stories and children can pick out a free book from the Bookmobile to take home.
Don’t miss the Honor Our Heroes Car Show, organized by the Indian Land Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12136 this year. This year, the show has a military theme, with categories corresponding to the different military engagements going on when the vehicles were produced. If you’ve got some hot wheels you want to show off, you can still enter the show Saturday morning.
Shoppers will want to visit the business fair, where a slew of business vendors, craftmen and nonprofit agencies will be ready to share their info and wares with you.
Festival admission is free, with wristbands available for $5-$10 to participate in children’s area activities. Horse or pony rides are an extra $2 each.
Parking is a little tighter that usual, due to construction at CrossRidge this year, so overflow parking will be at Transformation Church, where festival-goers can catch a shuttle to the festival and back.
After the festival is all over, head over to 521 BBQ with a festival flier sporting the 521 BBQ logo for a 10 percent discount. The restaurant will also donate 10 percent of those meal prices to the IL Rotary Club.
Check out our special festival section in this week’s paper and we’ll see you there Saturday.