Estill Fall Festival schedule of events

An annual event takes a new direction.

ESTILL, SC, October 11, 2017 – Driven by a desire to plan an enriching and fiscally responsible town event, a hardworking committee of citizens has reimagined Estill’s annual Fall Festival. Led by Councilwoman Dwanda Bolden and Councilman Charles Sorvino, the committee made several changes to the festival programming which led to the receipt of a $5200 grant from SC Humanities. 
The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. The not-for-profit organization supports lectures, exhibits, festivals, oral history projects, and other humanities-based experiences that reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. They receive their funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation, and individual donors.  
To qualify for the grant, the Festival committee needed to infuse festival events with literature, religion, art, music, and history related content. According to Councilwoman Bolden, the money is badly needed. 
“ As a committee, we struggled with the idea that we might not be able to responsibly produce a festival, due to a lack of funds. The grant was awarded just in time, and we are fortunate that our donors in the community are stepping up very generously to provide us with the required matching funds.” 
A Fall Festival beauty pageant is being held on October 29, 2017 at the Bull Durham Building. Admission will be charged at the door for spectators and will serve as a fundraiser for the Festival. Applications are available at the Fall Festival Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/Estill2017 . The pageant is open to young ladies from birth to age eighteen, and has a division for little boys from birth to age four. The queens who are crowned will represent the town during the Festival. 
The Fall Festival itself will run from November 8-11, 2017. Some of the reimagined events include: 
• Taste of the Town: November 8, 2017, 6pm at the Bull Durham Building. Each cook is asked to decorate their own table and dress to impress as they serve their recipe to the public. Prizes will be awarded for most beautiful table display. Entries will be photographed and recipes included in a book to be published at the end of the Festival. 
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• Senior Day: November 9, 2017, 10am – 2pm at the Bull Durham Building. Senior citizens will be treated to a meal and giveaways at this free event. Volunteers will be on hand to record each senior’s favorite memory from Estill’s past to publish in the Fall Festival book. • Mayor’s Bingo: November 9, 2017, 6pm at the Bull Durham Building. This fun community event will be held the same as in year’s past but in combination with a humanities event. During this time, the committee is also hosting a Student Art Contest. This can be any artwork 8x10 or larger in any medium. The subject should be a scene from Estill or depict something the student loves about their town. The art will be on display at The Bull Durham building during the festival, and prizes will be awarded for different age groups during Mayor’s Bingo. All artwork will be photographed for inclusion in the Festival book. • Imagination Celebration: 6pm on November 10, 2017. This event is focused on childhood literacy. Kids should dress up as their favorite literary character for our 6pm Children's Parade. There will be awards for best costume. The parade will start at the Elementary School and make its way to our Festival Center at the Estill Walking Trail behind the fire station. There are goodie bags with literacy related giveaways for the children. At the park there will be bounce houses, slides, a train ride, games, etc. The Gullah Lady, a Gullah performer from Charleston, will do a fireside presentation of traditional Gullah folktales and spooky stories by the fire. The night will conclude with a Movie Under the Stars. • First Annual Estill Parade of Churches and Cultures: 10am on November 11, 2017. The committee has reached out to local churches to create unique parade entries that reflect the beauty and diversity of our different faith communities. There will be other entries made up of distinct ethnic groups within Estill marching in their traditional dress. The parade will proceed down 3rd St. to the festival center. Lineup information will be provided after registration. • Fall Festival Expo: 11am - 10pm at the Estill Walking Trail. After the parade there will be a full day of events at our Festival Center. Churches are asked to prepare a musical entry for our first ever Battle of the Choirs. There will be history tours of important sites in Estill by trolley that depart from the festival center every hour. Stops will include the War Memorial, the Lawtonville Baptist Church, the Estill Museum, the original Estill blacksmith shop, the original Estill Physician's offices, Estill United Methodist Church, and a discussion of the building of New Town. Also at the festival center will be livestock exhibitions by local 4-H students, a petting zoo, and an antique tractor exhibit. Of course, the festival will still have rides, slides, bounce houses, and vendors as in years past.  • The Fall Festival will conclude with our first ever concert in the park with live music by three local acts. Vocalist Sidney Bailey of Beaufort will open the concert with a performance of her single “Black Butterfly.” Following a few songs by Ms. Bailey, The Smooth N Groove Band of Hardeeville will get the crowd moving with their signature blend of soul and R&B. For the final act of the night, Varnville’s own Obvious Liars will perform their distinctive mix of Rock and Country. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy at this year’s Fall Festival.