The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Fulton

September 19, 2013

Focusing on Fall Festival

FULTON — Autumn is typically recognized by the leaves changing colors and temperatures dropping to the mid 60s, but for Fulton residents, they know autumn has arrived when the city prepares for its Fulton Fall Festival celebration.

The 13th annual Fulton Fall Festival will commence at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in the downtown district of Fulton. The event will last until 4 p.m., but adults are encouraged to return to enjoy time with friends at the beer gardens featured at Denny O’s and Johnnie’s Tap, two Fulton city staples.

During the day it is all about family, though, and the Fulton Chamber of Commerce has made the entertainment opportunities nearly endless.

“Fulton’s Fall Festival is organized by a four person committee in the Chamber to help boost our local economy,” Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Heather Bennett said. “It’s really just ambition by the Chamber board to have more happening in our downtown.”

That ambition is what has grown the Fall Festival from a small gathering of pumpkin painting, to a day-long celebration of the city of Fulton.

People attending the festival will get to experience a multitude of arts and crafts shows, a petting zoo, scavenger hunt, a number of local bake sales and of course the tradition of pumpkin painting.

“The very first year we just handed out painted pumpkins, and 13 years later it has grown into this,” Bennett said. “It’s still not as big as Dutch Days, but it continues to grow.”

The real beauty of the event though, according to Bennett, is that aside from the food, nearly everything is free. Only the kiddie train rides and the Straw Bale Maze cost anything, together maxing out at a total of $3.

But, not everything is aimed to please the children of the community. There are many scheduled events that will get people of all ages excited to attend.

Text Only
Fulton
  • 4-24-14 Dutch Days Preview Photo Dutch Days: 40 years and counting

    FULTON, Ill. -- A spring-time staple will return for its 40th consecutive year. The community will come together once again May 2 to celebrate Fulton's heritage at the 40th annual Dutch Days Festival. Dutch Days committee chairwoman and City Alderwom

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Officials: Future bright for Thomson prison

    FULTON, Ill. -- After more than 12 years of waiting, a long list of broken promises and millions of dollars worth of idle investments, the future is looking a little brighter for the Thomson Correctional Center. Following a $166.3 million federal bud

    April 24, 2014

  • 4-23-14 1B-photo, ethan jones Jones has eyes set on prize FULTON, Ill. -- Ethan Jones has all the confidence that he can become the Three Rivers Conference Player of the Year in baseball. "I just need to work hard, show up everyday and just play the best that I can every game so I can help my team win," Jo

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-22-14 2B-Photo, Fulton baseball Morrison wins twinbill at Fulton FULTON, Ill. -- As Fulton baseball coach Kyle Miller put it after losing both games to Morrison on Monday, the losses were tough to swallow, but all the Steamers could do afterward was tip their hats toward the Mustangs. Morrison won 1-0, then 11-4

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • City of Fulton will retain marina control FULTON, Ill. -- For at least one more year the city of Fulton will retain control of a municipal marina despite one local businessman's request to gain partial ownership. During a City Council meeting Monday, local boat repairman Donnie Saiter's requ

    April 22, 2014

  • 4-22-14 1B-Photo, Fulton softball Fillies take control vs. Fulton FULTON, Ill. -- While Fulton's softball team is figuring out the small things, Morrison is continuing its tear across the Three Rivers Conference. Morrison continued its dominant season Monday by defeating Fulton 9-0. Morrison scored in five of the s

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Day helps Fulton clean FULTON, Ill. Ever wonder what to do with old electronic devices or household appliances that no longer work? Well, Fulton city officials also pondered that question, which is why they created Fulton Recycling Day. From 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Fulton

    April 21, 2014

  • Hot start, strong finish FULTON, Ill. -- A day after a struggle at the plate, Fulton found a dozen runs during the third game of the Fulton Invitational softball tournament against West Carroll to end the day. The game went four innings, and the Steamers used all four of the

    April 21, 2014

  • 4-19-14 1B-Photo, Fulton catch HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Hall halts Steamers FULTON, Ill. -- Fulton knew it had its hands full heading into Friday's baseball game against Hall. After all, the Red Devils entered the game with an 8-1 record, and they had momentum after blanking Rockridge the day before. Fulton fell to Hall 5-2

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Fillies one-hit Fulton Herald Staff Report Ackerman throws no-hitter for Erie/Prophetstown Fillies one-hit Fulton

    April 17, 2014