An event that started as a calming a year ago is now turning into an annual treat.
The Portland Chamber of Commerce will host its second downtown fall festival on October 23.
“There is something for everyone,” said Kristen Daughtry, Portland Chamber of Commerce events coordinator. “It’s family-friendly. “
Market Street will be closed as a variety of activities will take place.
“We got it last year because we couldn’t have the Strawberry Festival (due to the COVID-19 pandemic),” Daughtry said. “Especially with COVID, not much was happening. People were happy to go out. They were delighted to be surrounded by people.
“We thought it might be a yearlong event, but it went well. This is something we wanted to offer again.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and there will be a vintage car show on Main Street.
There will also be a pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, hay walk, magic show, and costume contest, which is new this year.
50 to 60 vendors are expected to attend the event, and there will be fall produce and pumpkins for sale.
“The pumpkin painting and the pumpkin patch were big hits,” Daughtry said. “They liked it.”
Fall produce is not as readily available once the Farmers’ Market – which operates May through August – has closed its operations for the year.
“It’s one way to spotlight our farmers with their fall product,” Daughtry said. “It’s an interesting way to integrate agriculture and farmers as well. “
There will also be four music numbers, one at the start of each hour. These include Mattie Taylor, the Stoney Creek Band, Dalton Elliott, and Incognito Cartel.
“Live music is always a big hit,” Daughtry said.
Sponsorships are always available for area businesses that are interested in contacting the Portland Chamber of Commerce.