WHITEWATER — As the leaves are changing, so is Whitewater's annual fall festival. The event is changing its name to reflect the inclusion of the communities of Potwin, Elbing and Furley.
Now called the Frederic Remington Festival, the event will be held from Oct. 7 to 9.
"We just changed it this year to highlight the history of the area," explained Sharon Entz, chairman of the Frederic Remington Festival committee. "We wanted to make it more of a community event."
In an effort to highlight what the area has to offer, vendors selling food must be from one of the four cities. There will be no lack of variety, as Entz noted booths open on Main Street from 7 a.m to 2 p.m. on Oct. 7 will be selling menu items like quail, pulled pork, smoked turkey legs, funnel cakes, hot dogs and hamburgers.
"We have a pizza place in town and a cafe in town; they'll be open as well," Entz said.
Vendors selling produce, baked goods and crafts will also be set up downtown on that day.
A 5K run/walk begins at 8 a.m. at the baseball diamond near the intersection of Vine and Locust streets.
The Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Whitewater Memorial Library, 118 E. Topeka St. Books, DVDs, CDs, magazines and office supplies will be some of the items up for sale.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., raffle tickets can be purchased from the Lions Club for a chance to win gift certificates, toys and electronics.
A parade down Main Street will start at 11 a.m., with cash prizes being awarded for best overall entries.
A car show on Main Street begins at 11:30 a.m., the entry fees from which will raise funds for new playground equipment. Trophies will be presented at 4 p.m.
One of the festival's new events are free 50-minute long archery clinics hosted by certified instructors from All Things in Wichita. The clinics, which will offer door prizes and a devotional time, start each hour from noon to 5 p.m. at the softball diamond on the corner of Topeka and Locust streets.
"It's a free clinic and all equipment is provided," Entz said. "People can sign up that same day to register."
The Community Art Show is another new event, highlighting various artists from around the community. It will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in the USD 206 District Building at 110 S. Main St., which also houses artwork by renowned artist Frederic Remington.
A self-guided tour to the Frederic Remington homestead will be offered for the first time this year, with a one-page history and directions to the artist's former home available at Whitewater Memorial Library, Lions Club raffle booth and the Whitewater Photo Museum at 119 S. Main St.
Inflatables, puppets, crafts and a petting zoo will be available from noon to 4 p.m. at Federated Church of Whitewater, 207 E. Central.
A dodgeball tournament begins at 1 p.m. at Remington Middle School, 316 E. Topeka St.
The kid's money scramble will start at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Vintage Bank, 126 S. Main St. Children ages 3 to 10 can also register at Whitewater Memorial Library to participate in the kid's tractor pull that starts at 2 p.m. in front of Lamb Mortuary at 120 S. Main St, after which turtle races will be held at the intersection of Main and Topeka.
Attendees can enter the cakewalk that starts at 4 p.m. by paying 50 cents or donating a canned food item that will be given to the Whitewater Food Bank.
Fireworks will light up the skies beginning at 8:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., a street dance will be held at the intersection of Main and Topeka and a movie will be shown at Centre Point Church, 212 S. Main St.
A community church service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 8 at Whitewater Community Church, 703 E. Central. A community lunch on the lawn will start at noon outside the church. A concession stand will be set up, but people are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and lunch.
A pickup pull and antique tractor pull start at 1 p.m. in the field south of Whitewater Community Church.
"In the past, we've had just an antique tractor pull; this time we'll have pickups as well," Entz said.
The festival concludes with a presentation by Gary and Margaret Kraisinger on "The Chisholm Trail: The Rest of the Story" at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at Centre Point Church.
Registration forms and entry fees are required for some events. More information and all registration forms for festival events can be found at http://whitewaterks.com.