YORK -- Downtown York will celebrate the fall Saturday with its annual York Fall Festival.
A wide range of events will be available in downtown York from 1 to 6 p.m. The happenings have many original and upbeat activities, including performances from Bluegrass band The Burford Brothers, children's costume contests and the Waiters Race. The Waiters Race will feature downtown area restaurant workers running for a trophy and year of bragging rights.
Attendance is free for all. Food items available include: Kettle corn, popcorn, peanuts and Masonic Lodge Barbecue.
Will Mitchell, Fall Festival coordinator, said the event has progressed over the years while staying true to its roots.
"This is the seventh year and it seems to grow every year," he said. "But it still has a hometown feel."
Mitchell takes pride in the festival's animal-friendly setup, which includes a dog costume contest and a race for dachshund, or "Weenie dogs." Dachshund owners can register their dogs at Dogma and Fetch at 45 N. Congress St. or by calling the dog store at 628-1414.
Another animal featured at the festival are horses, providing carriage rides through York where landmarks and the history behind them will be explained.
An antique farm and tractor show also will be held at the Fall Festival. They will be accompanied by arts and crafts vendors, who will have difference items available for purchase.
The Fall Festival host about 5,000 in attendance each year, and Mitchell said York residents always enjoy the event.
"It's a small-town festival," he said. "York people have a great time, and they you know everybody you see on the streets."