MARSHALL, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — With the fall season on the horizon, the “Marshall Autumn Festival” is hoping to provide laughs, attractions and family fun for the entire weekend.
Soon the streets of Marshall, Ill. will look a lot different as the city kicks off their annual event. With events and such as the Beer and Wine Garden and 5K, this festival has become a homecoming for many families and friends.
“People are really really excited to have this come back. it’s just our yearly tradition,” Jennifer Bishop, president of Marshall Autumn Festival, said. “We have a lot of high school classes that get together and do their reunions and so it’s a great small town fun way for everyone to get together.”
The parade will be held on Saturday and will feature prince and princess candidates as well as Parade Marshall Tom Lisella, who was awarded the Marshall Community Service Award.
“We really enjoy the food naturally, so there is wonderful food vendors that are available,” Nora Swalls, executive director for Marshall Chamber of Commerce, said. “There’s lots of items to purchase. I’ve gone to it since my kids were little and we’ve grown up going to the festival so this is a really fun time for families .”
For many businesses in the area, the fest will also help economically.
“A lot of businesses plan their entire year and their inventory. It’s one of their biggest weekends of the year,” Bishop said. “So to bring people in from outside not only Marshall but surrounding communities is really important for all of our businesses and it’s a great way for the chamber to support all of our small businesses.”
Last year, the annual festival was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this year organizers said they’re hoping to make the event great while also keeping residents and visitors as safe as possible.
“It was disappointment we weren’t able to do it last year but we’re looking forward to putting in the COVID guidelines and we can be safe at the festival,” Swalls said.
The festival will begin on Friday, Sept. 17 and will continue throughout Sunday, Sept. 19.