Fall Frenzy returns Saturday

A scene from a previous edition of the Fall Frenzy in Pell City. The 2018 version will be Saturday at Lakeside Park.

PELL CITY – Everything is set for Saturday’s fifth annual Fall Frenzy at Lakeside Park.

“It’s shaping up for a perfect day,” said Pell City attorney Randall Richardson, who along with law partner Bill Pruitt are co-founders of the event that has raised almost $140,000 for the Pell City school system.

Proceeds from the one-day event are given to school organizations, athletic programs and clubs within the school system.

“It’s generated a good bit of revenue,” Richardson said, adding the community, local businesses and industries continue to support the annual event, which is held on the second Saturday of October.

He said McSweeney Automotive Group will return as the title sponsor, but Richardson said organizers appreciate all their sponsors, and the event would not be such a success year after year without everyone’s support and help.

“Every type of business or industry in our area is involved,” Richardson said. “There is a broad base of support for the event.”

Richardson said there will be about 100 booths or vendors spread out across the central portion of Lakeside Park. He said school groups are also involved.

“Most of the things the school groups offer are free,” he said. “It helps us make it a fun event for everyone.”

There will be plenty of arts and crafts vendors, as well as general merchandise offered. There will also be plenty of food vendors, as well as fun things for the kids, including carnival rides.

Live music is slated throughout the day, along with a reptile show, and four-time American Ninja Warrior finalist Eddie Stewart is expected to make an appearance, according to the group’s Facebook page.

Fall Frenzy is slated to open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., but the event is always kicked off with the Fall Frenzy 5K and Fun Run, which begin at 8 a.m.

Registration for the 5K and Fun Run starts at 6:30 a.m. for runners who did not pre-register. Race participants receive a Fall Frenzy event shirt. Fees for the runs are $15 for youths 18 and younger and $25 for adults.

Richardson said some vendors will begin moving into the park late Friday, but most people will set up their booths early Saturday.

Richardson said there will be free admission, and the public is invited and encourage to attend. He said the Pell City school board has supported the event from the start.

“It’s been a win-win for everyone,” Richardson said.