SEDGWICK — Sedgwick's Fall Festival is expanding its roster of events this year in an effort to attract attendees of all ages.
Organized by the Sedgwick Booster Club, the festival will have its usual lineup of games, inflatables, vendors and more on Sept. 15 and 16.
"We're doing a ton this year. There are so many more events," said Sedgwick Booster Club President Randi Tolin.
One of the first events will be the traditional grand parade, led by Grand Marshal Riley Hoyt, beginning at 10 a.m. along Commercial Street in downtown Sedgwick. The parade will feature kindergarteners reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and Teagan Tucker singing the national anthem.
Crafts, concessions and food trucks will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at the intersection of Fifth and Franklin streets.
Returning to the festival this year — thanks to volunteers Justin and Emily Nold — is a car show. Participants will have the chance to win trophies and cash prizes by entering a car or tractor. Registration is $20 in advance or $25 the day of, with registration starting at 10:30 a.m. and prizes awarded at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the intersection of Fifth and Commercial streets.
"I think the biggest reason people should come is that we're trying to have things for all people, not just little kids," Tolin said.
Brand new events include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, with registration starting at 3 p.m. Sept. 15. Each team will pay $15 to enter at the Sedgwick Park basketball courts.
The Marine Corps will be set up on the west side of City Park with an obstacle course to challenge festival-goers. A competition will take place at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15 with prizes for the individuals who finish the course fastest.
"They're going to set up things to climb and crawl under," Tolin said.
Face painting, a caricature artist, petting zoo, video game trailer and splash park will also be set up in the park for attendees to enjoy, along with free nail, makeup and massage services provided by The Spahhh.
Entertainment will include performances from the Sedgwick High School cheer and dance team at 11 a.m. Sept. 15 in the park gazebo, followed by a magic show by Color Me Crazy at 11:30 a.m.
Children and their canines can compete in a dog show at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in the park gazebo.
"Anybody can bring their puppies and dogs and show them off," Tolin said.
Dogs will be judged in five categories —for best of show, best dressed, best trick, most laid back and most energetic.
A "Dog Day of Summer" will also be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 16 in Sedgwick Park, where the Sedgwick Sharks swim team will wash four-legged friends for a donation.
The festival will also feature the first chance for the public to look inside the Sedgwick Museum's new addition of a historic wooden depot. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at 523 N. Commercial St.
A street dance featuring the band Crossfire will begin at 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at the corner of Fifth and Commercial streets. There will also be a family-friendly movie beginning at 9 p.m. in Sedgwick Park.
"People can go there with their lawn chairs and watch the movie," Tolin said.
Throughout the weekend, people are encouraged to take pictures and post them to social media along with "#sbcfallfest2018" for a chance to win the festival's photo contest. The contest is open to all ages and a winner will be chosen on Sept. 18.
Wristbands for the festival are $5 and are available at Legacy Bank, Meeting House, City Hall, Jump Start, The Spahhh, AQ Market and Cy's Hoof and Horn in Sedgwick. Opportunities to volunteer at the festival are still open.
"We are working hard to regrow the festival to what it used to be," Tolin said.
For more information about the Sedgwick Fall Festival, search for the event page on Facebook.