A festival-filled fall is just around the corner for Cass County. Annual festivities will begin next month following Labor Day, beginning with the Cleveland Homecoming and will last until the end of October with the Peculiar Harvest Moon Festival.
The annual Cleveland Homecoming Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 8. A parade will begin at 11 a.m., with lineup starting at 10 a.m. at Citizens Bank.
The Cleveland Lions Club will be hosting a pulled pork/brisket dinner after the parade.
A variety of booths, vendors and entertainment will provide a day full of activities.
A bicycle contest will be held at Citizens Bank at 10:30 a.m. Three different age classes can decorate their bicycles to win first-, second-, or third-place prizes.
A baby contest will be held at 12:30 p.m. Contestants must sign in at the Christian Church.
Other activities will include a raffle for a computer/printer package, a dunk tank, a cakewalk, bingo, games and drawings.
Belton Fall Festival
The Belton Fall Festival is set for Sept. 14-15.
The festival will pay tribute to Belton’s heritage, and reenactors will be onsite throughout the weekend, including a visit by “President Harry S. Truman.”
The event will also feature a variety of vendor booths along Belton’s historic Main Street.
Annual favorites, including the scarecrow contest, will be returning. There will also be a moonwalk, inflatables, games, and the Belton, Grandview and Kansas City Railroad will be operating train rides throughout the weekend.
Chris Cakes will be serving a pancake breakfast Saturday morning. Tickets can be purchased at many Main Street shops for $6.
There will also be two entertainment stages, a wide selection of festival food, and beer garden will be open.
The festival runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Freeman Homecoming is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15.
The event will begin with a kiddy parade at 10:30 a.m., followed by the main parade at 11 a.m.
Performances will feature music by Double Vision from noon to 2 p.m., Carie Stock and the Naked Jakes from 2:30-4:30 p.m., Soundwave Jazz from 5-6 p.m. and the White Rose Band from 6-9 p.m.
The event will also include children’s games, vendor and food booths, drawings, and bingo.
Raymore Festival in the Park
The Raymore Festival in the Park will be Sept. 20-22. It will be held at the Raymore Memorial Park, behind Raymore Elementary.
The festival will begin Thursday at 6 p.m. when the vendor booths, concession stands and carnival opens. The carnival will feature arm band night both Thursday and Friday. Arm bands can be purchased in advance from the Community Bank of Raymore or the Raymore Chamber of Commerce office.
Opening ceremonies will begin, followed by bingo, performance by Jack Snaps, and the introduction of the baby contest winners, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
An ice cream social and more entertainment will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Lion’s Club shelter.
Activities on Friday will begin at 6 p.m. with the vendor booths, concessions and carnival opening. White Rose Band will perform at 8 p.m. in the Lion’s Club shelter.
Saturday’s activities will begin with a pancake breakfast at Memorial Park from 8-10 a.m., and the parade at 9 a.m.
Carnival and vendor booths open at 10 a.m., followed by a silent auction in the bingo tent at 10:30 a.m.
Other activities throughout the day include a car show beginning at 7 a.m., bike rodeo at 11 a.m., Battle of the Bands and a sand volleyball tournament at noon, baking contest at 1 p.m., Civil War demonstration at 2 p.m., a dog show at 4 p.m., and a BBQ contest throughout the afternoon.
The Heat Band will perform in the Lion’s Club shelter at 8 p.m.
The Battle of the Bands competition is new for 2012. Auditions for the event will be Saturday, Sept. 8.
Concessions and vendors will close at 10 p.m., followed by the carnival at 11 p.m., throughout the festival.
Garden City Fall Festival
The Garden City Fall Festival is scheduled for Sept. 27-30.
The carnival and vendors open Thursday at 5 p.m. “Church Night” will be on the entertainment stage from 6-9 p.m.
On Friday, carnival and vendors open at 5 p.m. The exhibits and craft show is open to the public from 5 to 7 p.m.at City Hall. From 5 to 6:30 p.m., DJ Shawn Kelly will be on stage. From 7-9 p.m., the Swingin’ Be Bops will be performing.
Saturday activities include the American Legion Pancake Breakfast from 7-9 a.m. (location TBA), and the parade at 11 a.m. Carnival, vendors, and other activities for the family take place through the day, including a potato bake at the Christian Church from noon to 2 p.m., kids games, a fashion show by Jenny’s Designs at 2 p.m., and Grandma Margaret’s Cake Walk at 2:30 p.m. at City Hall. Evening entertainment includes GC Idol and Ken Phegley.
Members of the 2nd Missouri Infantry, Company K, C.S.A, Civil war reanactors will be at Fourth and Main Street Thursday through Saturday.
The carnival will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Burnt District Festival
The third annual Burnt District Festival on the historic Harrisonville Square will be held Oct. 5-6.
The event is sponsored by the Harrisonville Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Harrisonville, and will feature a range of activities, including contests, games, full-size carnival, live music and entertainment, the Wall Street Beer Garden, arts and crafts, a business expo, and a petting zoo.
A Saturday morning parade is also planned.
Tours of the Sharp-Hopper Log Cabin will also be provided by the Historical Society. The Cass Regional Medical Center’s Grin & Bear It 5K Run/Walk will also take place.
The festival will begin at 5 p.m. and will be open through midnight on Friday. Festivities will kick at 9 a.m. and go through midnight on Saturday.
A Burnt District Festival will also be crowning a queen. Girls in grades 10-12 are invited to participate in the contest. Deadline is Monday, Sept. 17.
Festival organizers are still looking for art and craft vendors. If interested, contact the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce at 816-380-5271.
Drexel Fall Festival
The fifth annual Drexel Fall Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 6.
New this year is a “Cruise the Park” event which will feature relic cars and trucks.
The event kicks off at 9 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m., and is located at H.T. Smith Park.
A full day of crafts, entertainment, food vendors, and game booths are planned.
Peculiar Harvest Moon Festival
The seventh annual Peculiar Harvest Moon Festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 27 with a parade at 11 a.m.
The festival, located in downtown Peculiar, is scheduled to last from noon to 5 p.m., and will include such events for children as family fun costume contest, pony rides, a petty zoo, train rides, games and inflatables.
Back for another year, the festival will include a quilt raffle donated by a local resident.
New this year will be a People’s Choice chili cook-off.