Taste of Newton kicks off Fall Fest

Chad Frey
The Kansan
About 50 food vendors descended on downtown Newton Sept. 30 for the 34th Taste of Newton. For more photos of the event, visit thekansan.com

nullThe Taste of Newton returned to downtown Sept. 30, providing food and entertainment for one night on Main Street as it has done 34 of the last 35 years.

For the Taste of Newton, Main Street in downtown Newton was lined with nearly 50 booths set up by food vendors from the city and the surrounding areas.

The event traditionally kicks off the celebration of Bethel College's Fall Festival. The festival continues Saturday with booths and exhibits on the Bethel College Green from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Offerings include food and entertainment.

In addition to food, the Taste of Newton featured two entertainment stages in downtown Newton.  For more photos from the event, visit thekansan.com

nullThere will be a children's play area north of the college administration building. During the afternoon Kauffman Museum will be open, and at 3:30 p.m. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) will be staged in the fine arts center.

The day will conclude with a 6 p.m. football game featuring hall of fame inductions at halftime and a post-game young alumni mixer on Centennial Plaza.

Sunday activities will include a 10 a.m. worship service at Bethel College Memorial Hall, a matinee performance of the fall drama,  a 1 p.m. disc golf tournament and a 1 p.m. spikeball tournament.

About 50 food vendors came to downtown Newton, followed by a strong crowd for the 34th Taste of Newton.

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Saturday Entertainment on the Prairie Sky Stage

9:30-9:50 a.m.                  Open Road

10-10:20 a.m.                   Woven

10:30-11:30 a.m.              Tropical Shores (steel drums with Brad Shores & Erica Nance)

11:45 a.m.-12:20 p.m.      McPherson High School Jazz

12:30-1:10 p.m.                Newton High School Jazz

1:30-2 p.m.                       BC Jazz Combo

2:15-3 p.m.                       BC Jazz Ensemble