Organizers expect a big crowd at the city's 21st annual Fall Festival Saturday at Runde Field.
This year, the festival will offer expanded children's activities, according to Community Relations Committee member Scott Reed. More than 4,000 people are expected to attend the event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. One hundred vendors have signed up to participate.
"We used to be so separate and spread out," Reed said. "But with everything expanding so quickly, it's a great opportunity to bring all the communities together."
Local dance troupes and music groups will be performing all day on the stage set up for the festival. Children's events include a costume contest at 12:30 p.m., followed by an ice cream eating contest at 1:15. After the kids eat all they can, adults will get a chance to fill up on Bruster's Real Ice Cream as well, Reed said.
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Pony rides, an expanded petting zoo and several blow up play structures will be available as well.
Parking for the event will be available at Tega Cay Baptist Church and SIM international on Gold Hill Road and at Lakeshore Christian Fellowship Church on Shoreline Parkway, and at Turner Field off Tega Cay Drive. Shuttles will run from the parking lots to the event site at Runde Field.