Cass County fall festivals begin next month

August 15, 2014 

A festival-filled fall is just around the corner for Cass County. Annual festivities will begin with the Cleveland Homecoming celebration shortly after Labor Day and will last until mid-October with the Peculiar Harvest Moon Festival.

Cleveland Homecoming

The annual Cleveland Homecoming Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 6. A parade will begin at 11 a.m., with lineup starting at 10 a.m. at Citizens Bank.

The Cleveland Lions Club will offer a stew dinner, along with a booth with hamburgers, after the parade.

A variety of booths, vendors, food items, and entertainment will provide a day full of activities.

A bicycle contest will be held at Citizens Bank at 10 a.m. Three different age classes can decorate their bicycles to win first-, second-, or third-place prizes.

There will also be karaoke throughout the festival.

A baby contest will be held at 12:30 p.m. Contestants must sign in at the Christian Church.

Other activities will include raffles, a cakewalk, bounce house, bingo, games and drawings.

Belton Fall Festival

The 11th annual Belton Fall Festival is set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13.

The event will feature more than 115 vendor and food booths, eight live bands, a bike rodeo, children’s games, a farmer’s market, silent auction and more.

Admission is free.

Activities will kick off at 4 p.m. Friday. The festival will resume at 9 a.m. Saturday with a Chris Cakes pancake breakfast.

Tickets for the all-you-can-eat breakfast are $5 in advance and $6 at the event. They can be purchased at many Main Street stores.

Two stages will feature entertainment throughout the festival.

The main stage will host live bands each night, as well as a variety of entertainment throughout the day. Entertainment on the main stage includes the Belton High School Choir, StoneyHogg, Sky Smeed, After the Flood Before the Fire, Donna’s Dance, Razzmajazz and the Ferris Wheels, and The Crybaby Ranch.

The community stage will feature the Crossroads United Methodist Bell Choir, Sorta Blue, Locke’s Academy, the Stacks Youth Project drama team, square dancers, and a fashion show.

There will also be activities for children, including bounce houses, games and special events. Belton Presbyterian Church will host cake walk. Half the proceeds will go to the church’s building fund and the remainder will benefit the Belton Main Street organization.

Returning this year will be the Buddy Bronson Memorial vintage and custom bicycle show.

The Belton, Grandview and Kansas City Railroad will be operating a special schedule of train rides throughout the weekend. Special ticket pricing is listed on its website,

Several new events are being planned, including a bicycle rodeo provided by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, in addition to hayrides to Memorial Park and tours of the Arboretum.

Vendors are still being accepted for the Saturday morning farmer’s market. Entries from local artists are also being accepted for the art tent exhibition. Donations of items for the silent action are also being accepted. More information is available by contacting Sally Smith at

Select Main Street businesses will be open extended hours throughout the festival, and will offer sales and special promotions.

The festival runs from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Freeman Homecoming

The Freeman Homecoming is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13.

The event will begin with a kid’s parade at 10:30 a.m. followed by the main parade at 11 a.m.

Performances will feature music by Mud Flap Mafia from noon to 2 p.m., Sound Wave from 5 to 6 p.m., and the White Rose Band from 6 to 10 p.m.

John Allin will provide DJ entertainment from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Attractions throughout the day include children's games, vendor and food booths, raffles, and bingo from 1 to 9 p.m.

The Freeman Community Club will serve a ham and bean dinner after the parade from noon to 2 p.m.


Festival in the Park

The Raymore Festival in the Park will be Thursday, Sept. 18, through Saturday, Sept. 20, at Raymore Memorial Park, behind Raymore Elementary.

The festival will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday when the vendor booths, concession stands and carnival open. Opening ceremonies are at 6:30 p.m.

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 Office for $15. At the carnival, they are $20.

Stage entertainment includes “Jack Snaps” at 6:45 p.m. Thursday; White Rose Band at 6:30 p.m. Friday; and Party in the Park with DJ James Thomas at 8 p.m. Saturday.

A parade is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday.

Other events through the weekend include a baby contest, ice cream social, car show, pancake breakfast, sand volleyball tournament, baking contest, bike rodeo, bbq contest, dog show, poker tournament and a youth fiddler's contest.

More information can be found at

The festival closes at 10 p.m. Thursday, and at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Garden City Fall Festival

The Garden City Fall Festival is scheduled Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 25-27.

The parade will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Vendors and carnival attractions will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Festival entertainment will include Ken Phegley hosting karaoke from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The annual Garden City Idol Competition will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Austin Bean

Eatin’ Festival

The 36th annual Austin Bean Eatin’ Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Austin Baptist Church.

Opening celebrations will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the traditional meal of ham and beans prepared by Jadd Pence at 11 a.m.

Throughout the afternoon, there will be various entertainment performances, Civil War reenactors, horseshoe pitching contest, kiddie games and craft booths.

Booth costs are still available at no charge. If interested, call 816-214-1098.

The meal costs $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12, and includes the main dish, corn bread, cole slaw, homemade pie and a drink.

Burnt District Festival

The fifth annual Burnt District Festival on the historic Harrisonville Square will be Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4.

The event is sponsored by the Harrisonville Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Harrisonville, and will feature a carnival, live music, youth art show, blood drive, entertainment, arts and crafts, farmers market, flag retiring, a petting zoo, Wall Street Beer Garden and much more.

A variety of bands will perform:

• “Cheap Thrills” will perform in the beer garden from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday.

• “Tater and the Gravy Train” will perform in the beer garden from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

• “Down in Flames” will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday on the Pearl Street Community Stage.

• “The Outtakes” will perform in the beer garden from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

On Saturday, festivities will kick-off at 9 a.m. with the Cass Regional Medical Center’s Grin & Bear It 5K and 10K Run/Walk.

The parade will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. The theme is “Hats Off to Harrisonville Service Clubs,” and the grand marshals are Bill and Verda Day.

Burnt District Festival organizers and the Harrisonville Business Women group will crown a festival queen before the event.

Relay for Life will again host a baby contest at 3 p.m. Saturday.

OATS will also again provide transportation on Saturday for anyone who needs it.

Organizers are still looking for art/craft vendors and business vendors. If interested, contact the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce at 816-380-5271 or their website.

Drexel Fall Festival

The date of the seventh annual Drexel Fall Festival, typically held during the first weekend of October, has yet to be determined.

Peculiar Harvest

Moon Festival

The ninth annual Peculiar Harvest Moon Festival is set for 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.

The festival, in downtown Peculiar, will include events for all ages. Among them are a parade at 10:30 a.m., bounce houses, trick-or-treat booths, pony rides, a petting zoo, train rides, live entertainment, food and merchandise vendors and a beer tent.

A West Peculiar fire truck and a safety house will also be on display.

Visit the Peculiar Area Chamber of Commerce website for more information or to download entry forms.

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