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I took a bunch of photographs at this year’s Fall Festival.  I’m not sure why, but most of them were from the car show.  I’ve been busy the last few weeks with a job change — coming in the next few weeks — and a myriad of personal responsibilities.  Still, people might like some of these pics, untimely as they are.

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Friday September 9, through Sunday, September 11, 2011

BINGO — Friday  from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

PLYMOUTH TASTE FEST — Friday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

CAR SHOW — Saturday and Sunday

CRAFT SHOW — Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to dusk, and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST — Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

ROTARY SPAGHETTI DINNER — Saturday, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

ROTARY BBQ — Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Don’t forget the carnival and entertainment at the stages (Kellogg Park and Old Village)

 

 

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The Plymouth Fall Festival is right around the corner.  If you’ve been a long-time reader of this blog — there are 2 or 3 of you — you might remember that Fall Festival is my favorite of all of Plymouth’s major festivals or gatherings.

Maybe I like it because it’s a beautiful time of year.  Art in the Park can be too hot and the Plymouth Ice Festival (if all goes well for the sculptors) can be too cold.  Fall Festival is just right in terms of weather, which means I’m more likely to stay longer.

I’m not one for carnivals, but we do have fun on some of the rides.  What I like best are the charity breakfasts and dinners.  Sunday chicken dinner is my favorite.  I’m getting hungry thinking about it.

If you want info on this year’s upcoming festival, check out the link.

http://www.plymouthfallfestival.com/

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Fall Festival is right around the corner.  We’re spoiled to live in  a city that has a major event virtually every month.  Out of all the events — Art in the Park, Eco Fair, Chili Cook Off, Mardi Gras, etc — Fall Festival is my absolute favorite!

The main attraction is the carnival.  But that’s hardly my favorite part.  I think I love the community meals (for charity.)  The Kiwanis host a pancake breakfast on Saturday.  The AM Rotary hosts Saturday’s spaghetti dinner and the Rotary Club hosts the long-standing chicken barbecue on Sunday.   There will also be a Taste Fest on Friday evening.  These events really bring people in the community together.  If you live here and attend the events, you’re bound to run into neighbors, co-workers, fellow church attenders or even old classmates.

If you like classic cars or crafts, shows are held over the weekend.

The 55th annual Fall Festival runs

Friday, September 10, 2010  –  12:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Saturday, September 11, 2010  –  7:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Sunday, September 12, 2010 –  8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

If you want more details, check out the official Fall Festival home page

http://www.plymouthfallfestival.com/Default.htm

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I, personally, could do without the carnival and rides.  I understand that the midway hauls in a lot of money for the City, so it has some value.  But as entertainment, it’s a bit overwhelming.  It is certainly not a good value for people with children.  The more exciting rides cost about $4.00 per ride.  Day passes can only be purchased on Sunday.  We probably spent nearly $70 for rides this weekend and we’re fortunate to be able to do that.

The games of skill and chance are rip-offs, as everyone one knows.  The music and the rides, after a few hours, are taxing on the system.  I have a pretty high tolerance for noise and crowds, but I found myself wishing there were quieter entertainment options.

We did get a chance to see the O’Hare Irish Dancers, from Plymouth’s own O’Hare School of Irish Dance, and they were fantastic.  Other musicians and performers did hit the bandshell/stage over the weekend.  If I had my druthers — perhaps I should try to get on whatever committee puts on the fest — the festival would be all that kind of entertainment and no midway.

But that’s just me, maybe.  Despite having some gripes about the carnival, I loved the Fall Festival and had a great time.  It’s still my favorite yearly event.

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Friday begins the 54th Annual Plymouth Fall Festival.  It’s my favorite event of all the festivals and gatherings.  I was surprised to learn that the even began humbly in 1956 as a Rotary Club Chicken Barbecue.

The first such barbecue, attended by about 500 people, was put on by Plymouth Rotarians to raise money for what is now Fairground Park, formerly Jaycee Park.  It became an annual Fall event here in the city in 1960 and has run continuously since then.

You’ll notice the heavy presence at the fest of service groups like Kiwanis and the Rotary Club.  The spirit of this event is still philanthropic and service-oriented.  From that perspective, it might be the most personally gratifying of all the fun things that happen here over the course of the year.

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Fall Festival

I had a great time at this year’s Fall Festival.  I think I enjoyed it this year more than the last two years for a few reasons.  One, our family is more a part of the community now.  When we went downtown, we saw lots of people we’ve gotten to know around the neighborhood or around town.  It felt like our Fall Festival, not just Plymouth’s.  Two, I spent some money so we could ride the rides.  I forgot how much fun some of those carnival rides can be.

One change I’d like to see: the city should bring in an amusement company that has better deals on tickets.  The amusement company at this year’s Livonia Spree sold wrist bands, I think for $22 a person, which allowed unlimited daily rides.  At FF, $25 only bought about 8 rides.

Fall Festival

Fall Festival

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