Orion Fall Festival plans released for parade, arts and crafts, and family runs

Mindy Carls
Band shell, Central Park, Orion

Labor Day weekend will be here soon, and with it the 38th annual Orion Fall Festival.

Below are details of some events.


“Autumn Splendor, Community Pride” is the theme of the Orion Fall Festival parade on Saturday, Sept. 4.

Line-up is at noon at Orion High School, and the parade will begin at 1 p.m., half an hour earlier than in the past.

The parade route will be from the high school west on 11th Avenue to Fourth Street, over to 12th Avenue and east to Orion Middle School.

For safety reasons, no candy may be thrown from moving vehicles. Walkers may distribute candy.

The parade has no entry fee, and award winners will receive cash prizes.

Immediately after the parade, an antique tractor and car display will be held on Fourth Street between 11th and 12th avenues.

To enter, phone Jim DeBaillie at (309) 781-6336 or Stu Etheridge at (309) 781-5585.

Car show

The Orion Fall Festival car show will be held Sunday, Sept. 5, on Fourth Street, Orion. Registration will be from 9 a. m. to noon, and the show will begin at noon. Awards will be presented at 3 p. m. with a 100 per cent payback of prize money. 

Antique cars, trucks, classic cars, hot rods and Corvettes are welcome. The Quad City Cruisers will provide music. For more information, contact DeBaillie.

The craft show, flea market and antique show will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, in Central Park, Orion.

Anyone wishing to exhibit hand-crafted items, flea market items and antiques must apply by Friday, Aug. 13. First paid is first served.

Sales of weapons and offensive items are not allowed. Weapons include knives, blowguns and martial arts devices.

Vendors may use 12th Avenue north of Central Park to unload and load. As soon as possible, vehicles should be moved so others can use the street.

Spaces are available inside a tent, or outside along sidewalks. Limited power is available. The registration fee will be higher for those with special electrical requirements.

For more information or an application, contact Tamey Johnson at (309) 526-8843 or Deb VanDerSnick at 526-3681.

Family run and walk

Orion PTA has agreed to put on the Orion Fall Festival run and walk on Saturday morning.

The run will have a different format. Instead of a 5K race, the PTA will have shorter runs for children according to age groups. After all the runs, a family walk and run will have whole families competing together. Next year, the group may bring back 5K and 10K races.

Volunteers are needed to help with the run. Anyone interested should contact PTA president Natalie Farwell at nfarwell@frontiernet.net.