Some people will not have to get out of bed to enjoy the Denison Fall Festival Saturday. The event’s first bed race will be held at 3 p.m., but patrons can make their way to Heritage Park in Denison between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to take in some local food, visit vendor booths and enjoy the sounds of After Five Alibi and Blue Rock Band.


This is the 30th year for the Denison festival, which will include about 20 food vendors and more than 200 local organizations and crafts booths.


“There will be 11 to 15 beds in the race sponsored by Family Promise of Grayson County,” Shelly Kisel of the Denison Chamber of Commerce said. “Local organizations have joined the race. They have made the beds. Each bed has its own theme and the organizations in the race will judge the beds and prizes will be given.”


The kids activities area will include a climbing wall, bounce houses and a crafting station.


“Katy train will be giving rides,” Kisel said. “Denison Animal Welfare Group will be here. This year we will also be having a magician that will have a station at different areas around the park.”


Children will also be able to see bunny patch to the fall festival.


“Denison High School FFA are bringing bunnies for children to look and to pet,” Kisel said.


Kisel said the reason people have been attending the Denison festival for the last 30 years is because people just enjoy festivals.


“We have had people who tell us that they come every year just to enjoy a corn dog and a funnel cake,” she said. “People like to just chill out, kick back, and listen to music out here.”


Kisel said people also want to attend festivals and other local events to show community togetherness.


“A lot of communities are pulling together right now because of what is happening in the United States and around the world,” she said. “People are showing a lot of national pride and national pride is growing. People want to come home and just have fun.”


This festival’s appeal, Kisel said, is that it is not just about Denison. Anyone can enjoy the fair, she said.


“People out of town come home for this,” Kisel said. “The Denison Fall Festival gets bigger and bigger every year. People like seeing this town thriving and like to help raise money for kids, organizations and others. People like to see people working and doing things together.”


The weather will not affect Saturday’s event.


“Rain or shine, we will have a good time,” she said.