This year’s Annual Fall Festival will kick off the morning of October 20 at 10:30 a.m., in Gerard Park. You can expect a day full of family fun, competitions, delicious food, and entertainment.

The event will have something for all ages, and games that will be set up for everyone to play at their leisure. All of these activities will be free of charge for the community to enjoy.

Activities include but are not limited to - Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe, Pumpkin Painting, Pumpkin Bowling, Corn Hole, Witch Hat Ring Toss, The Kiddie Corral and many more!

Also, there will be a few other activities, such as Knockers ball, that does have a small fee to participate. All of these games and activities will be available for the majority of the day.

The Chili Cook-off will begin taking entries at 11 a.m. at the bandstand, entries will close within the hour and will be judged. Those who wish to enter their chili must bring it in a warmer. Last year many entered their chili in a crockpot, and there will be power strips available.

The judges are accepting red chili and green chili entries, and there will be a prize for three winners; Best Red Chili, Best Green Chili, and Overall Best Chili.

A Fall Pie Contest has been added to this year's event. Participants may enter any flavor of pie that is “fall” themed (i.e., Apple Pie, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, etc.) Any variation of these pies will be accepted. Entries for the Pie Contest will begin at 12 p.m. and close within the hour.

There will be only One Grand Prize Champion winner of this contest. The last of the day’s games will be the Annual Scarecrow Contest. The local businesses will build and display their Scarecrows in front of their businesses; they will be judged by the community and voted on during the Fall Festival. The winner will be announced at 1 p.m.  

The Beer Garden will open at 12 p.m. with a Yard Pong Tournament beginning at 12:30 p.m. Entries will begin at noon, and the cost is $20 per team, with the winning team taking 80% of the purse.  

This year, to help raise money for the Missouri Day Ranch Rodeo, and to utilize our arena, the Missouri Day Ranch Rodeo Committee and the Fall Festival are teaming up to present the community with a Bull Riding at the Missouri Day Ranch Rodeo Arena at the Old Park School.

The Calcutta will begin at 2 p.m. with the Bull Riding set to start at 2:30 p.m.

When the Bull Riding concludes there will be a concert in the Arena, immediately after, featuring our Fowler native, Michelle Petrie.

Petrie just recently released her first album and will have these albums available for purchase at the concert.  

Tickets to the bull riding and concert will go on pre-sale for $10 per ticket, admission the day of will be $15 per ticket. Children ages 5 and under get in free of charge.

You may purchase tickets on pre-sale at Fowler State Bank, First National Bank of Fowler and Fowler Town Hall. Pre-sale will close October 19.

The Fall Festival committee looks forward to seeing everyone in the Arkansas Valley community out and about to enjoy the fun-filled day!

The Fowler Ministerial Alliance sponsors this year's Fall Festival, along with Red Top Wine and Liquor, Fowler Chamber of Commerce, Ark Valley CO-OP, Riverside Realty, the Bryon and Trudy Hardy family and Otero True Value.

The Fall Festival Bull Bash is sponsored by Zoetis, Elanco, Big R, Colorado Veterinary Clinic, SM Construction, and Turner Roofing.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, or to donate, please contact Shiann Garrett at (719)251-3099 or Becca Sharp at (719)251-7301.