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Rock Island Fall Fest Sept. 24
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Beth Campbell is pictured here from last year’s event. Campbell is one of the organizers for the Fall Fest and is excited for another year of fun and sharing Rock Island with visitors.

If you love shopping and the autumn season, then the upcoming Rock Island Fall Fest is perfect for you.

The Shops of Rock Island will be hosting its Fall Fest on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., located in scenic Rock Island. This event was conceptualized last year and enjoyed great success, so it was only natural that the event return for its second annual year.

A day of shopping will be fruitful during the Fall Fest as there are many booths and food vendors scheduled to be present for guests to browse. All of the participating stores and locations will be providing door prizes and other special fun that’s sure to impress those who pay a visit.

“The Rock Island Ice Cream Trolley has said it will have something exciting,” said organizer Beth Campbell. “All of the shops will be showcasing what it is they do best, and what makes them unique.”

Campbell anticipates the event drawing a large crowd as it did in the past, and assures guests that there will be games and festivities that will keep people of all ages engaged. Hayrides, bonfires and even an exclusive sighting of restored 1934 and 1939 Italian motorcycles – of which there are only six in the entire world – are planned for the day to appeal to a broad variety of interests.

“The first year’s reception was exceptional and exceeded our expectations. We were all very pleased with the turn out,” enthused Campbell. “We had full crowds from beginning to end and our shops remained busy all day. This year, we’re adding horseshoes and cornhole. The goal is for people of all ages to have something to do and have some fun.”

Many of the same amenities of last year are planned to make a return this year, though there will be some new features for event-goers to enjoy. Live music is an important part of the Fall Fest and Campbell reports that a bluegrass band out of Nashville called The Stumblers will be providing the musical backdrop for the day’s activities.

For those feeling brave, Rock Island State Park will have a petting booth set up with various critters for children and adults alike to visit and learn more about some of the animals natural to the Rock Island and Middle Tennessee area.

Free hotdogs will be given out by Rock Island Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. but other restaurants and food booths will be around for the entire event for whenever hunger strikes.

Mill Rock Farms will be in attendance with pasture-raised chickens and eggs, fresh homegrown produce and other quality products that have been very popular since the farm’s arrival in the Rock Island Market area.

“We want everyone to come and enjoy Rock Island, spend the day with Rock Island,” explained Campbell. “When they leave, they will know they’ve been somewhere special.”

Admission to the Shops of Rock Island’s Fall Fest is free and people of all ages are invited to attend.