With only six weeks left until the 2013 Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival, organizers are working quickly to finalize entertainment as well as vendors.



This year’s festival is Sept. 13 to 15 in downtown Blue Springs. The theme is “Surf’s Up,” which according to organizers, will bring even more “fun in the sun” to the annual festival.

With only six weeks left until the 2013 Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival, organizers are working quickly to finalize entertainment as well as vendors.

This year’s festival is Sept. 13 to 15 in downtown Blue Springs. The theme is “Surf’s Up,” which according to organizers, will bring even more “fun in the sun” to the annual festival.

“Planning is going good,” said Shannon Bray, director of special events for the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce. “We are right in the middle of solidifying our entertainment as well as the new attractions.”

Some of the new attractions include local chalk artist Callista Bond. Bond, who has an art and photography studio in Blue Springs, is a graphic designer, artist, decorator, crafter and photographer. According to her website, callistabond.com, she has lived in the Kansas City area for the last four years and has been drawing and painting since she “she could hold a crayon.”

Another new attraction is Fastlane Raceway, a Blue Springs business that specializes in R/C racing. They will set up a race track for remote control cars at the festival, and festivalgoers will be able to race these large cars at no cost.

For those not interested in the typical events and vendors at the festival, a Car Show will kick off Sunday’s activities. Sponsored by Blue Springs Ford, the show will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last day of the festival in the Budweiser Beer Garden area. Applications are available on the festival’s website, www.bluespringsfallfestival.com.

“People are becoming more interested in events like car shows. It attracts older and younger people who might not otherwise come out to the festival,” Bray said. “We are looking for things that everyone will enjoy.”

As far as entertainment goes, Bray said the two headliners are confirmed for Friday and Saturday nights. The Scott Peery Band, a country music act, will be performing from 8 p.m. to midnight Sept. 13, and Johnny Rampage will be performing 8 p.m. to midnight Sept. 14. The opening acts are still to be determined.

There will also be acts on the Community Stage. However, the festival schedule has not yet been finalized.

Other returning contests include karaoke as well as the Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament. And perhaps the biggest event, the Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival Parade, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 14. Sponsored by America’s Community Bank, this year’s theme is Ride the Wave. Applications for the parade can be downloaded at the festival’s website.

“Close to 100,000 people come out for this parade every year,” Bray said. “I think it is a way to highlight organizations and to really show the community what the city has to offer. Everyone loves a parade.”

Bray said almost all of the vendor spots have been filled for festival weekend and although there are many returning crafters and food vendors, there are many new ones that are from the area.

“We have 265 vendors right now, which is pretty close to our max. We really want this to be a local event, so we are trying to bring in as many local crafters as possible,” she said. “The festival is just good wholesome fun,” she said. “You don’t have to worry about what you will encounter. It just takes you back to days gone by for some good old fashioned fun.”

For more information about the Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival or to register for any of the events, visit www.bluespringsfallfestival.com.