Parades, crafts, music, more offered in Eden’s Fall Fest, Sept. 22-24

The Eden Fall Fest is right around the corner with just barely a tick of the clock between now and Sept. 22-24. With motels reported to be filling fast, this year’s “Fest O’ Fall” is expected to be the biggest ever. Dozens of activities are in the works for the weekend with organizers scurrying about trying to finish last minute details. This year’s Fall Fest is also being billed as “Reunion 2000” with all former students of Eden schools invited to return to their roots for a visit. The Eden Chamber of Commerce office will be open all three days during the event so that visitors can register and pick up a schedule and other information about Eden, Fall Fest and the reunion. Friday, Sept. 22 will be a busy day to start things off. The Chamber office opens at 10 a.m. for registration. A homecoming parade will start from the school at 2:30 p.m. with a downtown pep rally to follow. At 5:30 p.m., the Chamber is sponsoring a tailgate party and hamburger supper on the square. Eden Detention Center is providing the food and the cooks for the popular event again this year. All are welcome to drop by and have a burger before the football game. At 8 p.m., the Eden Bulldogs will take the field to face the Robert Lee Steers. The traditional homecoming activities will take place at halftime with the crowning of band and football sweethearts and the recognition of classes attending the game. On Friday night, there will be a choice of dances for Fall Festers. The fire station will be the site of a DJ dance featuring music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Benefits from the dance will go to next May’s Project Graduation. On the other side of town, The Dillo Band, once a staple of Eden’s music scene, will reunite to play at Sam’s Place. According to an Eden Chamber of Commerce representative, “Loyal Dillo fans have been looking forward to a chance to hear the group for months since their return was announced.” As with all Fall Fest events, no glass containers will be allowed at either dance. Saturday, Sept. 23 is the date for most of the traditional Fall festivities. At 8:30 a.m., various booths will be set up on the square with arts, crafts and food items. The Chamber office will open at 9 a.m. for information and registration. The Country Fair will open in the Multi-Purpose Center at 9 a.m. as well. Contact Helen Driskill at 869-2471 for more information or to set up an exhibit. The traditional parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the Eden First Baptist Church (go north past Concho Health and Rehab Center, then head south through town on US 83 past the square). Registration is not required for parade entrants but is helpful. Kendal Hemphill of Mason will announce each parade entrant as it passes the gazebo and will participate in the judging. Live entertainment will begin at the gazebo at 11:30 a.m. and is expected to continue into the evening hours. To get in on the entertainment schedule, contact Bob Boyce at 869-4031. The Eden Service Club will host a running bingo game all afternoon. There will be a washer pitching tournament at Pfluger Park and a golf tournament at Concho Springs Golf Course. For more information about the golf tournament, contact Concho Springs at 879-8180. The Concho County 4-H Clubs will begin serving barbecue at the new fire station at 5 p.m. and all proceeds from the sale will go to fund various projects for the county’s youth throughout the year. All food booths on the square will be shut down during the barbecue to help the 4-H Clubs with their fund-raiser. At 9 p.m., the fire station will host yet another dance, this time featuring the Middle of Texas Band, a group of locals who have performed at various functions throughout the year. The band and some tables will be set up in the station, with the main dance floor out on the parking lot between the INS building and the old Post Office on the east side of the square. The square will be closed to traffic Sept. 23 to make room for people. The First Baptist Church will be running shuttle busses to the square from the high school football field all day long at regular intervals. The bus will drop folks off right in the middle of all the action and save those long trips back to the car. More information about the shuttle will be available as the date draws nearer. Sunday, Sept. 24 is the date for the Concho County Saddle Club’s annual Tracy Rudloff Memorial Team & Goat Roping. Books open at 1 p.m. with a two-and-one-half team roping and No. 4 goat roping set to begin at 2 p.m. More information on Fall Fest and its activities can be found by calling the Chamber of Commerce office at 869-EDEN or by checking Eden’s website at and clicking on all the proper links.

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