There will be a frenzy of activity and fun in downtown Minot this Saturday when the annual Downtown Fall Festival takes place. The Downtown Business and Professional Association will once again bring the downtown festival to the community.
The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street with three blocks closed off for the event. In the evening, there will be a street dance starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 1 a.m. The festival is free and family-friendly during the daytime hours. The street dance, however, is for adults age 21 and over with a $10 admission fee.
Free shuttle service will be available for festival attendees from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shuttle will pick people up at the Minot Auditorium. People can call 833-3354 for the shuttle on that day.
New to the Downtown Fall Festival this year will be the Northern Outlaw Wrestlers giving four free performances. "They are full-blown, live wrestlers like you see on TV," said Denise Lindbo, chairwoman of the Downtown Fall Festival and member of the Downtown Business and Professional Association. They will be climbing on the rings and signing autographs by the Taube Museum.
There will also be presentations about historic Minot at the Taube Museum during the festival, as well as karaoke, classic cars from the Dakota Cruisers, bingo, more than 60 food and craft vendors, four large inflatables, carnival games, Dizzy the Clown, and a sidewalk sale with stores offering specials. Tickets to play the carnival games will be available for purchase at the festival.
Additionally, the festival will feature food vendors selling fare such as caribou sausage and gyros. Lindbo said there will also be performers featured on stages during the day. The Minot Air Force Base Canines will give performances, as well as musicians from Pangea House, and the Eagle Feather Dancers from New Town. Also at the festival, Lindbo added, will be a giant paint-by-numbers picture that kids can help color, pedal cars, and people can have their picture taken on a fire truck.
Back by popular demand this year is the street dance. Performers include Guy and a Girl, a two-person band at 7 p.m., and Soulshine at 8:30 p.m. "We had such a good response from the street dance last year that we decided to have it again," Lindbo said.
There are still openings for vendors who want to participate in the Downtown Fall Festival, Lindbo said. "The nice part about downtown is that we can we can open more of the street," she added.
The Downtown Fall Festival is fun and the Downtown Business and Professional Association spends months planning it, Lindbo said. "It's fun when we can do family and adult events," she added. "There's so much going on downtown and we like to showcase it for what the association can do."
People can call Lindbo at the Gourmet Chef at 839-8928 or Katie Nesdahl, assistant director of the Downtown Business and Professional Association, if they have questions about the Downtown Fall Festival. To download an application as a vendor, go to (www.downtownminot.com).
Also held Saturday night, but separate from the Downtown Fall Festival, will be the Illuminight 5K Run starting at 9:14 p.m. in downtown Minot. People can visit (www.illuminight5k.com) to register for the fun run.