The annual Aledo Fest event is taking place from 1-5 p.m. on Oct. 19, and each year city staff tries to change things up to ensure fall fun for all families.

“This year’s event will feature a live musical performance by the local Rocky Lott Band, back by popular demand. Lots of free, fun things to do including jumbo petting zoo, mini train rides, inflatable maze, velcro wall, bounce houses and obstacle courses,” Aledo Parks Director Toni Fisher said. “We try to change things up a little for each event each year. This year’s Aledo Fest will feature Arts-On-The-Go mobile art center, a visit by ‘Cat Tailz’ cat rescue, Magic Mirror photo booth instead of the pumpkin patch and Aledo [Emergency Services District] 1 fire station 34 will be doing a Junior Firefighter Challenge.”

Area businesses and organizations will be offering activities, shopping, candy and other freebies during the event and a variety of food and desserts will be available for purchase from Shep’s Place, Funky Munky Shaved Ice, BBQ on the Brazos, Julie Beans Ice Cream, Pork ‘n Somethin’, Gypsy Scoops, Smackin’ Mc, Bill’s Lemonade and hot dogs from First Financial Bank.

“We’ll be having a costume contest again this year with prizes, and bragging rights, for first, second and third place. This will take place in front of the band trailer at 3:45 p.m. Come in your festive, non-scary costumes and have fun,” Fisher said. “Though this event is fall themed, Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I love seeing the kids dressed up, getting candy from the vendors, playing games and having fun.”

Fisher said Aledo Fest is one of three free annual community events the city and Aledo Economic Development Corporation puts on, and has doubled its vendors and visitors since it started four years ago.

“The importance of our events is to be a popular, safe and fun family day destination for everyone in our community,” Fisher said. “Everyone is welcome.”

The event takes place in the Aledo High School parking lot and parking will be available in the rear lot behind the Daniel Ninth Grade Center.

“Great family entertainment to be enjoyed by Aledo residents and the entire community,” Aledo City Administrator Bill Funderburk said. 

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