There’s no shortage of ways to have Fall fun in Wilson, but the Wilson Progress Committee wants to give even more people a reason to enjoy the season.
“We love what’s going on in Wilson and we want other people to experience it as well,” says Nickie Bell, member of the Wilson Progress Committee. “The Fall Festival is a way to bring regional outsiders in to see what awesomeness is going on here.”
The Wilson Town Square is the setting for all the “awesomeness” attendees can enjoy and the day will be jam packed with local flavor, crafts, entertainment, and activities for those who come from near or far— and some proceeds go to a great Wilson cause.
“We are bringing back the Chili Cook-Off and the KidZone in order to fundraise for the new town playground,” says Bell. “We want our kids to have a great place to play and this helps make it a town effort.”
Anyone can take part in the playground benefit by entering the Chili Cook-Off for $20 or paying $5 to sample the competition chili at the festival. Parents or guardians can also contribute by paying their children's entrance into the expanded KidZone, which will feature inflatable “bouncy houses” for big and little kids, plus sumo suits and big foam blocks for all ages, provided by the Delta School.
But beyond the festival’s fundraising mission, the Progress Committee plans on taking things up another level.
“We will be offering tethered hot-air balloon rides for a small price,” smiles Bell. “We’re really excited about it.”
The Fall Festival will also elevate the festivities by bringing new musical acts to town— the Arkansas band Tragikly White and Thumpdaddy out of Memphis.
“This will be a different genre of music than we’ve had in the past,” says Bell. “A little more contemporary than the country we’ve usually had in the past. It’ll be a nice change up.”