Image from the 2017 Hanceville Fall Fest. This year's event is Sunday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. (Tribune file photo)
HANCEVILLE – Sunday afternoon will see the return of Hanceville Fall Fest. The event, featuring a Halloween trunk or treat, will begin at 4 p.m. in downtown Hanceville. The fest will run until 6 p.m., but the accompanying Swamp John’s dinner will be available from 4-7 p.m.
Organized by area churches from Hanceville and Garden City, Fall Fest is free to the public. The Swamp John’s dinner is $11 per person, with the proceeds to be used for next year’s festival.
Costumes are not required for kids to participate in the trunk or treat. The City of Hanceville, Hanceville Fire Rescue, Hanceville Police Department, local businesses and other organizations will have vehicles with decorated trunks full of candy. The City’s rock wall will also be set up for the kids, and there will be train rides and inflatables.
Many roads will be blocked off to allow the community a safe area to get together for the festival.
Brother Philip Wigley, pastor at Hanceville First Baptist Church, said, “I believe this is the seventh year for the festival. We expect anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 to come out. It’s a great opportunity for the area churches and groups to come together and serve the community.”
Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail is even more optimistic about the expected turnout.
“Hanceville Fall Fest is a blast; between 6,000 and 8,000 people show up for it,” he said. “(It’s) probably the biggest event Hanceville has all year. We appreciate the area churches sponsoring this event.”
Parking will be available at the Jimmie Hale Mission Possible Bargain Center and the old Blue Bell plant. For the Swamp John’s dinner, guests can park in the gravel lot at Hanceville First Baptist Church.
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