Don’t forget the Blue Springs Fall Fun Fest.

Don’t forget the Blue Springs Fall Fun Fest.

There will be a poker tournament.

There will be a giant rock wall.

There will be a mobile video game tournament.

And Timothy Lutheran steakburgers, as usual.

And most likely there will be thunder and lightning and high winds.

All kidding aside, this year’s event, its 42nd, which is scheduled for Sept. 16-18, will feature new events and activities – including sunshine and blue skies.

“The weather will cooperate,” Rachel Hummel, one of the festival’s co-chairs, said. “We know it will. We put an order in.”

The festival has been the site of some intense weather the past couple of years, and still it’s marched on.

New this year is the poker tournament, Texas Hold ’Em. It will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The cost to enter is $35 and the grand prize is $500. All profits made from the event will be given to the Community Services League.

In addition to the carnival and children’s play area, there will be a mobile video game tournament, a petting zoo, a bungee trampoline and a rock wall.

“We really tried to improve the activities for kids,” Hummel said. “We try and build on it every year.”

Also new this year is the combination parade, scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. The Blue Springs School District will have its homecoming parade at the same time. The parade theme this year is “Tom Sawyer.”

“We wanted to combine it,” Hummel said of the parade. “It’ll be even bigger now.”

Parade applications are available online at www.bluespringsfallfestival.com.

Other events and activities include:

Trampled Under Foot, a local band, will perform at the beer garden from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. The Bransen Ireland Band, featuring the Blue Springs High School graduate, will perform at the same time, but on Sunday.

The popular Dock Dogs event and competition will return. The three-day event, which showcases a variety of breeds, features dogs jumping into a large swimming pool. Categories include distance jumping and height.

More information can be found at www.dockdogs.com.

As many as 280 vendors have signed up to sell food and crafts. Hummel said it may be the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce’s biggest year yet in terms of the number of vendors.

“They keep talking about the economy, but we’re not seeing it,” Hummel said.

The karaoke contest will return. Finals will be held on Sept. 16 at the Blue Moon/Lunar Bowl, where contestants will compete for $50. All 10 finalists will perform at the Fest on Friday.

And as always, volunteers to make the festival work are needed.

Those who want to donate their time and skills to helping with the event should call the chamber at 816-229-8558.