Mt. Vernon Register-News

August 23, 2013

Ina to host 31st Fall Festival

The Register-News

---- — INA — The 31st installment of the Ina Fall Festival will be held Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 in the village.

"We've added some new things this year," said Walter Grimes, one of the organizers of the event. "We've brought the parade back this year, and flea markets and a lot more."

The event will include free inflatables for the kids, and free entertainment. On Aug. 29, the Ina Opry will be on stage starting at 7 p.m.; on Aug. 30, Little Boots & Classic Country will start at 7 p.m.; on Aug. 31, Tyson Conner & Country Driven Band will perform starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by Marty Haggard at 7 p.m.

"Marty Haggard is Merle Haggard's son," Grimes said. "He came last year and it rained, so we had to move the concert to the gymnasium. We're hoping this year it doesn't rain so we can have it outside and more people can come."

Co-organizer Jerry Conner said Haggard is one act everyone will enjoy.

"If they like good music, Marty Haggard is a fantastic singer," Conner said. "I've seen him several times over the years and he does a great job."

On Friday, Aug. 30, inflatables and carnival games will start at 5 p.m., with a cake walk and 50/50 drawings starting at 6 p.m.

"The entertainment is free and the infatables are free," Conner said. "The village of Ina donated the money for the inflatables, so the kids can have fun and enjoy them for free."

On Saturday, Aug. 31, the day's events will be kicked off by a parade at 11 a.m. Those who wish to participate will be expected to line up at 10 a.m. An outdoor vendor market and flea market, inflatables, carnival games and Dunk-A-Cop dunking booth start at noon. A cake walk and 50/50 drawings will start at 6 p.m.

A community church service will be the final activity of the festival, and held at the village hall at 11 p.m. on Sept. 1.

The Ina Fall Festival is a family event, and no alcohol will be served. Concessions will be available with soda, sandwiches, ribbon fries, funnel cakes, snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn. Those attending the concerts are asked to bring lawn chairs.

"Everything is volunteer and always has been," Conner said. "In the last few years, more people moved to town and more people are involved. It's grown."