It was a sunny day on September 30th for the annual Faribault Main Street Fall Festival, but just cool enough to enjoy the delicious chili contestants has whipped up.
The fun began at noon with a children’s parade which included a contingency of the Shattuck St. Mary’s Crack Squad, the Kona Ice truck, and a large amount of kids in costume marching with their families. The kids then had the chance to enjoy some downtown Trick or treating at participating businesses marked with an orange balloon and go to the haunted basement tours at the Paradise Center for the Arts. There were also plenty of other children’s activities including pumpkin painting, ring toss, whipped cream eating contests, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin relay, ball toss, limbo and more!
The chili contest was close this year, with just 8 votes separating the top two contestants, and Ryan Knott taking home the trophy for the third year running. Attendees could also vote on best decorated chili booth, and this year Heather Neal and April Neal won with decorations supporting the Zombie Pub Crawl, which is set to take place on October 21 in downtown Faribault. ThereD was a lot of creativity displayed in this years’ contest with people adding unique spins to both their chili recipes and decorations. Veggie chili to a mole chili to extra spicy and everything in between were included in the offerings. Decorations allowed for contestants to explore fun themes like ‘Two Old Birds,’ festive fall, zombies, or to showcase their brand.
Other events that took place that day included the Faribault Foods Fall Frolic 5k fun run/walk and the Faribault Park and Rec History Walking Tour. Plus, Pawn MN celebrated 7 years by grilling and having music!
The weather was perfect and it was a beautiful day in downtown Faribault! Thank you to all of the volunteers and sponsors who make these events possible!