The Autumn Festival, an event that has captured the hearts of the residents of Cherokee County over the years, makes its return to Holly Springs on Saturday at Barrett Park from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
With its family friendly environment and many activities for all ages, the festival is a hotspot for residents and tourists alike.
“The festival has grown every year since it first began,” Main Street Director Erin Honea said. “The festival is very well run and has been for many years now. One vendor comes and they have a great experience and they tell their friends and it just continues to grow.”
Recently, the festival has averaged between 3,000 and 3,500 people. Over the years, more and more attractions and activities have been added, leading to an increase in the turnouts of each festival. These activities include an entertainment stage showcasing singers and dancers. Many local bands are also in attendance to perform onstage throughout the day.
This year, however, there will be a change. While still an event for all ages, the focus on kids is increasing. In previous years, the kids’ zone has consisted of many attractions aimed at a younger audience such as a rock climbing wall, a double trampoline bungee, inflatables, face painting and much more. For the upcoming festival, these activities will return, along with newly added entertainment available in the kids’ zone.
“This year we aren’t having the entertainment stage because we chose to focus on our kids’ area more this year,” Honea said. “This year we have bigger and better inflatables. We will also have a professional face painter, a spin artist, a new rock climbing wall and a bungee trampoline. In all, this year’s event will be bigger and better.”
Food trucks are also available at the festival, along with over 80 local arts and crafts vendors. The vendors in attendance show off many different handmade products including: soaps, lotions, and other skin care products, one-of-a-kind jewelry, door hangers, wreaths for any occasion and lots of personalized home decor and clothing.
Admission is free, with limited parking at Barrett Park. Additional parking is available at Holly Springs Elementary School, which is located across Hickory Road. Shuttle buses will be available for transportation from Holly Springs Elementary School to the festival.