Mt. Vernon holds its 8th annual Fall Festival

October 1, 2019

The annual fall festival was held September 27 through September 29 in beautiful downtown Mt. Vernon. The theme for this year was “Growth, Progress and Pride.” It focused on Mt. Vernon’s and Jefferson County’s Bicentennials. 2019 is both the city’s and county’s 200th birthday. The bicentennial is a great way to focus on the past, present and future of our region. The community is invited to celebrate the rich history and growth of both the city and county.

The “ Growth. Progress. Pride” theme permeated the entire three-day festival. The parade on Saturday had 100 plus entries featuring a growingly popular Marching Band Expo that awarded $4,000 in prizes to the participating marching bands.

Everyone in attendance from Friday at 5 p.m. until Sunday at 5 p.m. enjoyed wonderful entertainment and performers. Other events held over the weekend were the Kid Zone Fall Fest 5K for Special Olympics, DMDC Cruise-In , Tri-State Treasure Hunt for Kids, Mt. Vernon Business Women’s Club Great Pumpkin Contest, food court, vendors, and beer and wine tent.
The Mt. Vernon Fall Festival is always one of Southern Illinois’ most fun filled weekends of the year, especially since the 200th birthday of Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County was celebrated.

A special thank you to Angela Schrum, Festival Director for a great festival.
Everyone is already looking forward to the Fall Festival in Mt. Vernon next year.

Pictured above: Best Overall Parade Entry