CORBIN — The upcoming October Festival is slated to double in size with an extended day, giving community members plenty of opportunities to shop and eat all things fall.
Corbin Downtown Manager Aaron Sturgill, who is in his second year as event organizer, has worked diligently to make sure this year's festival meets the needs of a wide variety of community members.
The name of the festival changed last year after Sturgill began looking for new vendors to participate in the event.
Last year after the October Festival, he polled numerous members of the community asking them a variety of questions in regards to what they wanted from the festival. When planning this year’s festival, he took those responses into consideration and made some changes.
Some of the biggest changes are the festival’s two-day extension and the increase in size, creating a need to utilize Main Street. The October Festival will be two days this year, beginning on Sunday and extending to Monday.
The October Festival celebrates regional artisans, crafters, businesses, organizations, and more with booths ranging from ceramics to woodwork, leatherwork and embroidery to gift baskets, raffles and face painting, The festival also offers informational handouts with food and beverages available for purchase.
The family friendly event takes place Sunday, Oct. 13, from noon to 6 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Also new this year, vendors will be set up on a portion of Main Street, as the size of the event looks to double.
Last year’s festival saw close to 50 vendors and this year Sturgill said he already has 100 confirmed vendors.
To handle the increase in size, Main Street will be blocked from Second Street to First Street. Both days, vendors will set up on Main Street and as always in Nibroc Park.
“We’ve got a huge amount of craft vendors and a variety of food vendors,” said Sturgill.
There will also be raffles and giveaways going on throughout the course of the festival.
Sturgill also polled guests on the music for the event and found that some like it while others liked it quiet and they could talk with one another.
In an effort to compromise the situation, on Monday, Gary’s Sound Machine will set up to help announce raffles and control music. Sturgill isn’t sure if there will be music on Sunday or not.
The fourth annual Downtown Corbin Pumpkin Painting Contest will again be happening alongside the October Festival. The contest featuring nine categories will be held in Sanders Park and will run Sunday and Monday from 1-6 p.m. Judging will begin Monday at 6:15 p.m. on Monday.