Mark your calendar for the Pierce City Fall Festival. Saturday, September 24, promises to be a day packed full of fun and festivities for the whole family, and it all can be found in Pierce City’s beautiful outdoor South Park, 100 S. Elm, from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free to festival goers, and the event is hosted by the Pierce City Arts Council.

Start your holiday shopping early. Along the booth line will be an artist ally featuring Draw Pierce City winner 2022 Linda Hendricks of Joplin. Brooxie Vaugn Photography of Pierce City brings back her elegant booth for photo opportunities, a popular draw to the crowd last year. Handmade items such as jewelry, pottery, crafts, artisan cookies, leather and wood works, and much more can be found. There will be a farmer’s market complete with pumpkins, mums and other fall produce, homemade baked breads and jams.

Made of Clay’s Christina Lorenzen of Joplin will offer a small clay project for all ages. The always anticipated “Junk Art Booth,” a Pierce City festival favorite, provides kids the opportunity to get creative in repurposing recyclable items.  

New to the event is Ozarks Knocker Ball, where all ages can tumble around in a large bubble ball as if in a human foosball game. Pierce City native Gabe Douglas and his wife Bethany bring this new thrill to Pierce City, along with a bouncy house; $5 for 5 minutes, or $15 wrist band for all day.  

Also new is Gizmo’s Games, which will offer a variety of fun challenges for everyone.

Bring your lawn chairs for live entertainment. Robin’s Hood, featuring sounds of soft rock, swing and the blues, returns to the stage at 12 pm. New this year is a folk band of siblings from Pierce City called Allen Joy Lane. Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Miller will take the stage throughout the day.   

Track 94 Brewery of Seneca and Indian Springs Brewery of Neosho are planning to come and will prepare samples of their beverages and sell their products in the sampling garden for patrons 21 years and older. Others are planned to come, as well. A small donation upon entry gets taste enthusiasts a festival souvenir wine glass for their sampling.

Food trucks attending will be Who’s Hungry BBQ, El Taco Zone, Meg’s Smashburgers and Frozen Custard, and B & N Concessions.

The Pierce City Arts Council is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is in its 14th year. The vendor booth fee is $35. Contact Becky Golubski at 417.489.3041 for vendor, volunteer, membership, sponsorship and all other opportunities.