STATE CENTER - The fall colors and cool air are providing proof the seasons are changing. In State Center, it also means Watson's Fall Festival is on its way.
The 14th annual event will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday centered around the historic Watson's Grocery Store on Main Street.
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The pumpkin decorating contest is one of the favorite activities during the annual Watson’s Fall Festival in State Center. The event returns from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday on Main Street.
Marcia Quick, one of the organizers of the event, said they expect 200 to 300 people to attend the event, depending on the weather that night.
"It's a celebration of the fall and the harvest," she said.
The event is sponsored by the State Center Historical Society and the State Center Development Association. One of the big events of the night is the pumpkin decorating contest with cash prizes to the winners, who are voted on by visitors.
If you go ...
WHAT: Watson's Fall Festival
WHEN: Friday, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Main Street, State Center
"That's a big one with the kids," Quick said.
Categories for the contest are ages 12 and under, 13 and over and a group or organization division.
Another event big with the children are the hayrides which are run through the town by Bryce and Al Dee.
There will also be food vendors and the last night of the Farmers' Market for the season, homemade pie and ice cream for sale, free entertainment for the kids including a bounce house, and organ music from Dick Ferneau.
As an added treat for the nostalgic type, locals will be displaying some film footage taken from fall festivals in State Center in the late 1940s. Downtown businesses will also remain open for later than usual to accommodate visitors to the festival.