Fall on the Mall will offer family-friendly entertainment


HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. — The Scott County Chamber of Commerce will partner with the Town of Huntsville to present the inaugural Fall on the Mall festival on Huntsville’s historic courthouse mall on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

The day-long event will feature music, vendors, games, a costume contest, trunk-or-treat and more, concluding with a free movie under the stars.

“Our goal is to provide a harvest-Halloween type of festival that is fun for people of all ages and that is something the entire family can come out and enjoy,” said Scott County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stacey Swann. “There has been a tremendous amount of interest in Fall on the Mall. We are hoping for and expecting a great turnout.”

The day will begin with a pancake breakfast, presented by Huntsville Fire & Rescue, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Proceeds from the breakfast will go directly to the fire department. The breakfast will be presented under the Brimstone Recreation tent on the north end of the mall.

At 11 a.m., church youth groups from throughout Scott County will take the Gazebo Stage and perform in 30-minute time slots. White Rock Baptist Church will kick things off at 11 a.m., followed by Black Oak Baptist Church at 11:30 a.m., West Robbins Baptist Church at 12 p.m., Trinity Baptist Church at 12:30 p.m., Oneida Church of God at 1 p.m., Riverview Baptist Church at 1:30 p.m., Pine Creek Baptist Church at 2 p.m., and New River Baptist Church at 2:30 p.m.

Vendors will open their booths at 11 a.m. on the south end of the mall. More than three dozen vendors are anticipated for the event. Several will be selling food items — such as chili, soup, hot chocolate, apple cider, hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue sandwiches, cheese fries, funnel cakes, baked goods, homemade ice cream and snow cones — while many will be offering free games and events for children. There will be several crafts vendors or sales vendors, as well.

The Longbeards of the Big South Fork chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will have an archery and air rifle shooting gallery on hand, while Jellico Community Hospital will offer free Thomas the Train rides. There will be pony-drawn wagon rides, an inflatable obstacle course, and much more. East 63 Volunteer Fire Department will offer pictures with Disney princesses, and Batman will be a special guest of the Chamber of Commerce, allowing photo opportunities with his Batmobile. There will be other Disney characters on hand, as well.

A costume contest will begin at 3 p.m. Sponsored by Big South Fork Medical Center, the contest will offer cash prizes in several age categories. First place will be awarded $75, with $50 for second place and $25 for third place. There will also be a trophy and gift card for the best family costumes. The costume contest will take place at the Gazebo Stage in the center of the mall.

At 5 p.m., the focus will turn to Fire Hall Drive on the east side of the mall, where a trunk-or-treat will take place in the grassy area along the side street and in the parking lot of the Tennessee Department of Human Services. A number of local businesses, churches and organizations are signed up to participate in the trunk-or-treat, and entries are still being accepted by calling (423) 569-6343 or emailing shantel.crabtree@scottcounty.com.

At 7:30 p.m., the University of Tennessee vs. University of Kentucky football game will kick-off in Lexington. The game will be streamed on a 144-inch screen under the Brimstone Recreation tent on the north end of the mall.

Meanwhile, a free movie under the stars will be presented at 7 p.m. on a 22-foot giant screen in front of the Gazebo Stage. The movie will start with a showing of Peanuts’ “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” followed by a showing of “Hocus Pocus” at 7:30 p.m.

Food vendors will continue to sell during the movie, while the Chamber of Commerce will offer popcorn sales and Huntsville Fire & Rescue will offer drink sales.

A limited number of hay bales will be offered for seating during the singing and the movies. There will also be plenty of room on the grassy greenway for chairs and blankets.

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