LITTLE RIVER — Whether you go by bicycle, ATV or car, the Little River Fall Festival has plenty to offer. The event takes place on Oct. 28 in downtown Little River.
A new event this year is a bicycle rodeo for children from noon to 3 p.m.
The Little River police department will have two bike riding courses and three bike stations set up to check the bike's mechanics, check bike helmets and teach the meaning of road signs and how to use proper hand turn signals.
"It's free for them; they'll learn about bicycle safety," said festival organizer Ashley Gretencord.
After going through the rodeo, the child will receive a certificate of completion and be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a bike, helmet, bike light or bell.
Another new event added to the Little River Fall Festival this year is a cornhole tournament. The games start at 1 p.m. and entry is free.
Registration for the car show will be open from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Oliver's Beef & Brew, 245 Main St.
The car show welcomes cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs to be displayed from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m. in various categories including "Farthest Traveled," "Loud & Proud," "Dirtiest ATV" and "Most Decorated ATV."
For a $25 entry fee, ATV riders can also enter a rally. Registration for the ATV rally begins at 9 a.m.
This year's dessert contest is a cookie bake-off that begins at 10 a.m. Cookies will be judged starting at 10:30 a.m.
Contestants in adult and children's age groups bring a baker's dozen to the competition, seeking an award for best drop, bar, formed or decorated cookie.
"After the winners are announced, they do a bake sale of all of those entries," Gretencord said.
The proceeds from the cookie sale are being donated to “Help for Hope,” which is a fund developed by the Little River Area Chamber of Commerce to help those in need.
"It's a line item we keep to give back to individuals in our community," Gretencord said.
Live music from Sam Unruh and Amber Goldermann will be playing from noon to 3 p.m.
The craft fair will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with vendors selling clothing, decor and more.
Games for smaller children will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., while older children can participate in games between noon and 2 p.m.
A fair-style food court will offer dining options including funnel cakes, hot dogs, chicken wings, moink balls (bacon-wrapped meatballs), armadillo eggs (jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped with bacon) pulled pork sliders, cotton candy, caramel apples, soups and hot and cold beverages.
Many of the vendors at the Little River Fall Festival sell items to raise funds for community organizations.
"It all comes back to the community and works out really well," Gretencord said.
Raffle tickets will also be sold for prizes that include a Green Mountain grill, Igloo cooler, handmade quilt and a "Headache Basket" from K&L Liquor.
In the roped-off section of Main Street, attendees can purchase and drink beer beginning at 11 a.m.
The streets of Little River are spruced up just in time for the festival.
"For the most part, we have all new sidewalks downtown and new lampposts," Gretencord said. "It's a good opportunity to show off the improvements."
Gretencord said the Little River Fall Festival is a family-friendly day for people both in the community and from surrounding areas to come and have a good time without breaking the bank.
"We've really tried to simplify things," Gretencord said. "It really is a really fun day,"
For more information about the Little River Fall Festival, visit http://littleriverks.com.
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