Seneca hosts fall fest Saturday at Crotty Park

Several activities will be available

Seneca’s fall festival will have all the feels of fall — hayrack rides, pumpkin painting, chili, caramel apples and even an inflatable corn maze.

The fun is set to begin 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Crotty Park in Seneca.

The Seneca High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and Seneca Park Board will be providing carnival games throughout the day. Halloween skee ball, spider ring toss and the jack-o-lantern shoot out are just a few of the games being set up. Pumpkin painting sponsored by CF Industries will be available as supplies last. There also will be fall take and make crafts.

Hay rack rides sponsored by Widman Herefords Beef are set from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be a bake sale put on by the Brookfield Aces 4-H Club, a chili cook off from 3 to 6:30 p.m. sponsored by Ace Hardware (winner will be announced at 6:30 p.m.) and there will be a bonfire and s’mores organized by the Seneca Fire Department from 5 to 8 p.m.

To participate in the chili cook off, participants cannot serve store bought chili, they will need to label chili as mild, medium or hot, bring any toppings necessary, make enough for samples (the sponsor will provide the serving dishes) and prepare them in a sanitary manner. Message the Seneca Parks and Rec Board on Facebook if you are participating, so organizers can get an idea of how many people will be bringing chili.

The event will have a 50/50 raffle, inflatable ax throwing and food truck vendors. BBQ & Baker and Cruisin Concessions will be serving a variety of foods. Starved Rock Popcorn & More will have gourmet popcorn and cotton candy for sale and Minonk caramel apples and caramel whips will be available for purchase.

Go to the “Seneca IL Parks & Rec” Facebook page for more detailed information on the fall festival.

Derek Barichello

Derek Barichello

Derek is a Streator High and University of Illinois graduate. He worked at the Albany-Herald in Albany, Ga., and for Sauk Valley Media in Sterling, before returning to his hometown paper. He's now news editor for both the NewsTribune and The Times.