Ex­cite­ment builds for Delhi Fall Fest

Small Town Girls re­turn to the Delhi stage Satur­day, 8 p.m.

Tillsonburg News - - NEWS - jrobin­son@post­media.com JA­COB ROBIN­SON

From live mu­sic - in­clud­ing the Small Town Girls on stage Satur­day night - to a wrestling show, and kids dance-off to mid­way rides, the fifth an­nual Delhi Fall Fest this week­end is promis­ing some­thing for ev­ery­one.

“We want it (to be) com­pletely fam­ily ori­ented,” com­mit­tee mem­ber Paul Mur­ray said of the event that runs in Delhi’s down­town core, Sept. 7-9.

“We want the kids there, the grand­par­ents there, the par­ents and every­body. This year we’re do­ing some­thing spe­cial for the men.”

In­deed, or­ga­niz­ers have added a mo­tor­cy­cle show and shine that starts at noon Satur­day on Church Street. At­ten­dees will get a chance to vote on their favourite, with a prize go­ing to the win­ner.

Last year’s event was pushed back so that Gable Bros. Shows could bring their car­ni­val rides to the party. While the fes­ti­val has re­turned to the post-Labour Day week­end, the Gable Bros. are on the docket once again.

“It was very easy,” Mur­ray said of the de­ci­sion to bring back the car­ni­val rides, which Mur­ray said the gave Fall Fest “a dif­fer­ent at­ti­tude” in 2017.

En­ter­tain­ers tak­ing the stage through­out the week­end in­clude the likes of Lang­ton-based coun­try mu­sic band Small Town Girls Satur­day night and London-based Whistler Creek Fri­day night, both start­ing at 8 p.m.

“The ex­cite­ment is very high. We’ve got some top bands com­ing in,” said Mur­ray.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing to get these peo­ple and these bands in ... It brings crowds in, too.”

Mur­ray es­ti­mated that last year’s fes­ti­val at­tracted up to 5,000 peo­ple. Open­ing cer­e­monies take place in Memorial Park Fri­day at 5:30 p.m., ahead of the Clas­sic Cham­pi­onship Wrestling show.

“We look for­ward to see­ing the faces of the kids,” said Mur­ray.

The Fall Fest pa­rade leaves from Delhi Dis­trict Sec­ondary School and pro­ceeds through the streets of town be­gin­ning at 11 a.m. Satur­day, rain or shine.

A full list of sched­ules and events is avail­able at del­hi­fallfest.com.

ChRIS AB­BOtt/till­soN­burg News file

Lang­ton-based Small Town Girls, from left Han­nah, Ha­ley and Cassie Van Maele, will be re­turn­ing to the Delhi Fall Fest this year. They will be on stage Satur­day night at 8 p.m. with their new drum­mer, Till­son­burg's Jil­lian Van Daalen, for a two-hour set.

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