The annual Fall into Fun festival has a big goal this year: To raise more than $25,000 for the Del Webb Library at Indian Land.
The third edition of the festival will feature many of the same attractions from years past, including live music, games, a petting zoo, pony rides and a silent auction. The Car and Motorcycle Show, a popular event at last year's festival, will also return.
Last year, the festival raised around $18,000 for the new library. The library, the Panhandle's first, is scheduled to open early next year.
The festival opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, and runs until 4 p.m. at Indian Land Middle School. Festival organizers changed the venue from its traditional spot in Sun City to allow for more visibility on Hwy. 521 and better parking.
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The rain date for the festival is Saturday, Oct. 11.
Proceeds from the festival will go into the library fund to be used for the library's browsing area, Library Board Chairperson Karen Paulson said. The browsing area's needs include books and shelving, she added.
The Del Webb Library at Indian Land was originally scheduled to open this fall but the opening date was pushed back to early January. Construction has gone largely as planned, according to Paulson, but some of the interior furnishings, including shelving, won't be delivered until later in the year.
Staff for the new library is being considered now, Paulson said, and the board plans to make hiring decisions soon.
The new staff will be trained at the main library branch in Lancaster until the Del Webb Library opens. Nancy Berry, the assistant director at the Lancaster County Library, has already been named director for the Indian Land branch.
Books for the new library are being selected now by Lancaster County Library Director Richard Band. He has a list of books from the library's book vendor that he'll use to make selections.
"It will be a standard selection," Paulson said. "What most libraries have. Then, when we know more about the particular needs of Indian Land, we'll look at those."