Carnival fun comes to October Fest

A giant slide, Tilt-A-Whirl and spinning strawberries are among the amusement rides that appeared next to Georgiana’s Hank Williams Park on Tuesday as workers set up the mini-carnival that opens for business Thursday night as part of the 2nd Annual October Fest.

Sponsored by the Hank Williams Fan Club, the celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 14 with $1 Night, with a gate fee of just $1 and all rides for $1. The carnival will be in place through Saturday night, offering not only sliding and spinning thrills, but games of chance and festival foods like fresh funnel cakes.

“We feel like this will be something really special for Georgiana, to have a carnival in town for a few days as an extra added attraction for our festival,” said October Fest organizer Sherri Brackin.  The amusement rides will open at 2 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday.

The music arrives on Friday night with a gospel and bluegrass line-up including the Carl Turman Family and New Vision, with Saturday bringing Michael Burnett, a.k.a. “Black Elvis,” the Slim Pickins’ Band, Vinny D’Amico, Billy Studstill, Johnny Miller, Jessica Strenth, Southern Traditions and Night Moves.

The music starts at 5 p.m. on Friday and at 11 a.m. Saturday until 9 p.m.. Karoake kicks off at 8:30 p.m. Friday night for any amateur songbirds out there.

The Show n’ Shine Antique and Classic Car show returns at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday adjacent to the park and Brackin promises lots of great vintage and classic vehicles to admire.

Fish plates, arts and crafts , door prizes, a dinking booth courtesy of the Georgiana Civitan Action Club and more will also be on tap for Saturday at October Fest.

Admission to October Fest is $2 per person and to Saturday’s Show n’ Shine is $3. Children 12 and under are admitted free both days.

“Bring your own chairs and relax and enjoy lots of good music and food with us,” said Brackin.