Fall into Grafton returns this weekend

Variety of family-friendly activities to be held throughout downtown Friday and Saturday

A COLORFUL PUMPKIN DERBY is one of many attractions held during the annual Fall into Grafton festival, which will be held this weekend. Happy to show their entries in last year’s race were (from left) Lisa Taubner of the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce, Jenny DeCuester of First Bank Financial Centre and Scott and Rhileigh Martyka. Photo by Sam Arendt

Family-friendly activities await visitors to the annual Fall into Grafton that returns Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6, in the village’s downtown business district.

On Friday, from 5 to 6 p.m. pumpkin drop off will take place at Paramount Plaza followed by the pumpkin lighting at 7 p.m.

Also on Friday, there will be an Oktoberfest beer garden at Atlas BBQ from 5 to 9 p.m. and the band Borderline Reckless will play in the plaza from 6 to 9 p.m.

New to this year, Atlas BBQ will have an all-you-can-eat pig roast for $17.95, and there will be alternative side options for youngsters.

On Saturday, the Grafton Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast at Atlas BBQ from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Following the breakfast, Pumpkin Fest will begin with free children activities, which include a scavenger hunt, building projects, craft making and games.

Pumpkin Cross bicycle races will held in Lime Kiln Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will also be a free Family Zone on 12th Avenue and Beech Street, which will have a bouncy house,  face painting, petting zoo, cookie decorating, pumpkin painting, face painting, crafts and balloon making.

From 11 a.m. to noon, Kohl’s Wild Theater will take place in the parking lot on 12th Avenue and Beech Street.

Family music will be performed by Steve Voight in the plaza from 1 to 3 p.m.

From 3 to 5 p.m., the Pumpkin Derby will take place on Bridge Street across from Atlas BBQ. Pumpkin Derby kits can be picked up at the Grafton First Bank Financial Centre. Trophies for the most creative and fastest  pumpkin racer will be announced at the end of the race.

There will also be food available at the plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pumpkin carving winners will be announced at the plaza at 4:30 p.m.

Throughout the day, the Grafton Fire Department will host an open house.

Free pumpkins for either the pumpkin lighting or derby are available at the Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit celebrategrafton.org or  call (262) 377-1650.

The Get Away to Grafton podcast series also released a new episode about Fall into Grafton, go to www.grafton-wi.org/podcasts to listen.

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