In the small town of Roanoke, this weekend is reserved for the Roanoke Fall Festival, which is celebrating its 61st year and is bringing families together today-Saturday.
The festival offers a variety of things to do at Roanoke Community Park. The town is about 26 miles southeast of Fort Wayne straight off U.S. 24 in Huntington County.
This year's NTPA tractor pull looks to have its biggest year yet. It is estimated that “6,000 people (visit) throughout the weekend,” said Kelly Shoenemann. She also said “not a single person doesn't take pride” in the association. Each year they donate money not only to the community, but to the surrounding areas and organizations. Last year, the association focused on cancer services as well as Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, which flies World War II and terminally ill veterans to see the war memorials in the nation's capital. Over the years the association has donated more than $150,000 to these and many other organizations. The pull starts at 7 p.m. Friday but seats are open beginning at 6. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $5 for ages 6-12.
The festival also includes carnival rides and fair food with several children's games including the annual corn bag toss contest. The festival also lets you have your cake and eat it, too, if you buy the dessert at the auction 6-7 p.m. Saturday after the morning's cake-baking contest entries are judged.
Saturday night also features the Crash-Em-Up Demolition Derby, which makes its comeback to the festival and will begin at 7p.m. The gates will open at 6. An entry fee is required.
For more information, visit www.discoverroanoke.org.