Alton, Mo. – On Thursday, August 15, 2019, members of the Alton Chamber of Commerce met and one of the issues discussed was the upcoming Walnut Festival. This is an annual event that brings local residents out as well as people from neighboring communities. Most of the activities will take place primarily on Saturday, October 5, 2019. However, a run will take place the night before. Less than two months for the big date means detail planning and order to the maximum.
A t-shirt has already been designed by a sixth-grade student at the Alton Public School. Ribbons, flyers, and banners are being decided on. Numbering bags of walnuts to order, setting up entertainment and booths were discussed. Advertising for the event will be happening through both local papers and radio stations.
What Activities Are Planned
This year will once again have live music throughout the day. Baking contests, as well as pumpkin carving contests, will be on the square. More than 70 tables and booths are preparing for their presence around the Alton Courthouse. The local Farmer’s Market will also have a presence on the square for the first time. A quilt show is also scheduled, along with the favorite Walnut Idol contest.
No Cost to Attend
Many local businesses are donating funds for this event. As in the past, this is free to the public, open on the square. Individual games or functions may cost, but overall, citizens can merely show up for the fun and hospitality.