As it does each September, Timothy Lutheran Church is gearing up to sell thousands of its signature steakburgers at Fall Fun Fest, which is expected to draw thousands of visitors to downtown Blue Springs this weekend.

Running such a large operation at the festival, which starts at noon Friday, takes a lot of hands.

“There’s over 300 volunteer positions. It takes a lot of work,” said Chris Bradshaw, a member of the church’s committee pulling the effort together.

The church’s steakburgers – half a pound, $6.50 each – are among the event’s signature draws, and Bradshaw said regulars have been known to drive some distance – as far off as Lawrence – and wait patiently when rain and wind have closed other booths.

“Somehow they’ve identified with that as a something they need to do each year,” he said. The church is ready to sell as many as 8,000 burgers.

The festival is free and runs noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The festival has more than 250 vendors. Another highlight is the parade along Main Street. It’s at 10 a.m. Saturday, and this year’s theme is “The Spirit of Mardi Gras.”

Shuttle parking is at Hobby Lobby and Side Pockets. Hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. No shuttles Sunday. The shuttle service is free.

The main stage performers Friday are Red Velvet Crush at 6 p.m., Damien Gunn at 7:30 and Casi Joy at 9:30. On Saturday, it’s Red Velvet Crush at 3 p.m., Sean McNown at 5:30, Dirt Road Anthem at 7:30 and Damien Gunn at 9:30.

Community stage hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 8:45 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sunday.