More than 200 vendors took to Main Street in Denison Saturday to sell their wares and advertise their businesses at the Denison Fall Festival. They were met with thousands of festival attendees who were venturing through kids alley, visiting food trucks and watching live performances.
Denison Chamber of Commerce Membership and Events Director Shelly Kisel said the entire span of the festival was one mile along Main Street in the city’s downtown area. Among the vendors along that stretch were a number new to the Denison festival.
“I really think that Denison is the best,” she said. “We want people to know that you do not have to go into the big cities to be a part of the big festivals. This is a hometown event.”
Kisel also said people often look forward to the Denison Fall Festival because she feels that it is not like any other event in the area.
“We have such a range and variety of things going on,” she said. “And, we wanted to get away from the carnival-type rides. So we made our kids alley a bounce house and blow up kind of area. People requested that and I think they are really enjoying it.”
Prior to the event, Kisel also noted she heard of people coming from miles away just to attend the Denison event.
“It is a community and family event,” she said. “I recently spoke to someone that said that they were flying in from California just to attend the event because she said she knew she would see friends and family at the festival. It’s not just a festival. This is a hometown event.”
Along with the vendors, there were musicians performing, belly dancers on site, a DJ and a vintage car show. The annual bed race put on by Family Promise of Grayson County was also held at a new location — the Chase Bank parking lot — this year to make the event a more unique experience.
Running the kids alley, which included the car smash, was the Colombian Spire of St. Patrick’s Church in Denison. This was the second year that the group participated in the festival.
“We are here fundraising for the men 14-18 and this is also a recruitment event for them,” Derek Bercher of St. Patrick’s said. “They raise money and go do fun things like paintball and other things.”
Bercher’s sons enjoyed the blow-up attractions for children and competed in the two minute ball collecting event.
“They are out here working, signing waivers and having a good time,” he said.
Bailey Southerland said she attends the Denison Fall Festival every year because it gives everyone something to do.
“I came out to the Fall Festival so that my stepson could play,” she said. “We normally come out to the Fall Festival. I like seeing all of the craft stuff and the things that people have made.”
Angela Oglesbee’s son wanted to try out the gyro balls in the kids alley at the event. She said that while they come to the festival every year, her son was particularly excited this year.
“I love everything,” Ethan Oglesbee said.