The Middletown Fall Funfest is approaching faster and faster as the days roll on. The festival takes place this upcoming weekend, Sept. 18-19, with events running 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The Courier-Times spoke with Brianna Chapman, who is a board member and has played a key part in the festival.
Chapman said, “We restarted this about six years ago, I believe. They used to have the festival back in the day. I believe it stopped in the ‘90s. We were just wanting to create some fun and fellowship for Middletown and the rest of Henry County.”
Chapman was asked what she was looking forward to most.
“I am most excited for the concert,” she said. “Having Walker County back to perform will be awesome. Along with the local Bramlett Brothers, I think it will be a pretty fun concert.”
The concert begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Dietrich Park.
Henry County natives Joshua and Jarob Bramlett are founding members of the internationally touring hard rock band The Protest. When not touring with The Protest, Joshua and Jarob play Folk, Alt-Country and Americana music as The Bramlett Brothers. Alabama-native Johnny Dailey will perform as well.
Headlining the festival is Sulphur Springs’ own Walker County. Walker County can call itself a full family affair as the group consists of sisters Ivy and Sophie and their father, Billy Walker, who plays lead guitar for the band.
Tickets are $35 for selected seating and available now at https://walkercounty2021.eventbrite.com
The concert is presented by Justin Helman of Focal Point Business Coaching.
Saturday, Sept. 18
The Funfest officially starts with its Lions Club Breakfast on that Saturday morning, from 6-10 a.m. at the Middletown Community Building.
At 8 a.m., there is a Run For a Reason 5K, which will benefit the Middletown Police Department. This will go to purchase new uniforms and equipment for their newest members. The run is sponsored by Thompson Team and will start in downtown Middletown.
Vendors and food venders will start at 9 a.m. and run until 6 p.m.
The Family Fun Zone will also be taking place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday behind the Middletown Historical Society.
There will also be Axe Throwing going on at the Funfest behind the Historical Society from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Vietnam Memorial Helicopter Rides will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Babe Ruth Diamond. Tickers are $100 per adult, $50 per child. World War II and Korean War veterans fly for free.
The Baby Contest will take place at 12 p.m. at the Tim Hall and FC Tucker stage by the Historical Society.
Meet Scooby Doo and Shaggy starting at noon.
The Stuart Troxel Art Show will run from 12-6 p.m. at The Bank.
John Frees will take the Tim Hall and FC Tucker Stage by the Middletown Historical Society at 2 p.m.
The Valley View Golf Course Ribeye Steak Night will be taking place all day beginning at 11 a.m and going until 8 p.m.
From 4-8 p.m., the Middletown Volunteer Fire Department is having their Fish Fry at the Fire Station.
Sunday, Sept. 19
Keep an eye out for the special guests on Sunday at the Middletown Fall Funfest. Guests Superman, Batman, and Princesses will all be there all day.
Vendors and the Family Fun Zone open at 9 a.m.
Peter Heck will lead community worship Sunday. Coffee and doughnuts start at 9:45 a.m. and service begins at 10 a.m.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Middletown Season Citizens will serve chicken and noodles at the Civic Center.
There is a cornhole tournament taking place on Sunday as well. It starts at Noon and will go until it is over. The cost to play is $20 per team. Registration deadline has been set for Saturday. For registration information you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stuart Troxel Art Show at the old bank building at the corner of 5th and Locust St. will be taking place from 12-6 p.m.
Comedian Dave Dugan will be at the Funfest as well, his show will take place at 1 p.m. at the Tim Hall and FC Tucker Stage by the Middletown Historical Society.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is having their car show at Dietrich Park from 1-4 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. There is an entry fee of 10 dollars to participate. There will be dash plaques given out for the First 50 Vehicles. Awards will be given out for the following. Best Of Show, People’s Choice Trophy and Veteran’s Choice Trophy. Rounding out awards will be the Top 25 trophies.
Drag Racing Legend Norm Day and his cars will be at the Ballard and Sons parking lot from 1-4 p.m.
High Street Band will perform on the Tim Hall and FC Tucker Stage from 3-5 p.m.
The Fall funfest will wrap up with Bingo at Dietrich Park from 3-5 p.m., with lots of prizes to win.
You can check the Middletown Funfest out on Facebook at Middletown Fall Fun Festival.
Be aware that skateboards and animals are not allowed at the Funfest.