Special Events & Festivals

Demo derby


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Roanoke Tractor Pullers Association again put on the annual demolition derby at the pull track at Roanoke Park as part of the Roanoke Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Cake auction


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

June Ball holds up a cake that looks like a moon in the sky, baked by Jessica Hartmus, during the Roanoke Fall Festival Cake Auction on Saturday, Sept. 9. Auctioneer Jarron Miller, of Sullivan Auctioneers LLC, calls the bidding. The annual auction is a fund-raiser for the festival.

Silly Safari show


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Sarah Cash shows her audience a tortoise and a hare during the Silly Safari show at the Roanoke Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 9. She later put them down for a race.

Marching Vikes in Roanoke Fall Festival Parade


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Huntington North High School Marching Vikes make their way down the Roanoke Fall Festival Parade route on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 9.

Floating down the parade route


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The flaot from Dennis Farms heads down the parade route at the Roanoke Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 9.

Waiting for the parade


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Ava Wagner (third from left), 5, waves several American flags while waiting for the start of the Roanoke Fall Festival Parade on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the coner of Second and Main streets in Roanoke. With Ava are (from left) her father, Doug; her sister, Emma; and her mother, Sarah.

NTPA Tractor Pull


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Justin Wise, of Tiffin, OH, heads down the track at Roanoke Park during the NTPA Tractor Pull on Friday night, Sept. 8, at the Roanoke Fall Festival.

Ageless Iron Tractor Parade


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Larry Turner, of Roanoke, drives his 1941 "A" Farmall in the Ageless Iron Tractor Parade at the Roanoke Fall Festival on Friday night, Sept. 8.

2017 Roanoke Fall Festival schedule of events

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

5:00-9:00 P.M.
CARNIVAL DOLLAR NIGHT

6:00 P.M.
FOOD ALLEY OPENS
Roanoke Park

6:00 P.M.
PET PARADE
Park Entrance
Registration required

6:30 P.M.
PIE-EATING CONTEST - Main Tent
Registration limited
Celebrity, Adult, and Youth Competitions
Visit from Icy the Komet’s mascot

‘There’s No Place Like Home’ theme for 64th Fall Festival

Ageless Iron Tractor Club member Sam Elliot lets his dog hitch a ride on his 1964 International tractor as he makes his way down Main Street in Roanoke during last year’s Roanoke Fall Festival tractor parade. This year’s festival will run from Thursday, Sept. 7, to Saturday, Sept. 9.
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At this year’s Roanoke Fall Festival, the bridges leading into Roanoke Park will be golden and the festival’s main tent will be green.

They’re references to the Yellow Brick Road and the Emerald City from “The Wizard of Oz.” The beloved movie inspired the theme of this year’s festival, which is “There’s No Place Like Home.”

The theme aligns with festival spokesman Dave Tucker’s view of the annual event, now in its 64th year.

“It brings families back together again,” he says. “People come from out of town to come back home for the festival.”

Hypnotized


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

William Brown (left), 16, of Huntington, was hypnotized by "psychological illusionist John Wayes, of Notre Dame, during a performance at the Roanoke Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Enjoying the ride


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Ziria Schuckman, 2, of Columbia City, enjoys the tanks ride in the carnival section at the Roanoke Park during the Roanoke Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Down the parade route


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The color guard of Roanoke American Legion Post 160 heads down the Roanoke Fall Festival Parade route on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 10.

Pullin'


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Yellow Thunder, driven by Ralph Hunt, of Oakwood, OH, makes an atempt to pull the sled in a two-wheel drive class during the NTPA Tractor Pull on Friday night, at the Pull Field at Roanoke Park as part of the Roanoke Fall Festival.

Holding a passenger


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Brandon Juergens, of Roanoke, rides his John Deere 320 down the Ageless Iron Tractor Parade route at the Roanoke Fall Festival on Friday evening, Sept.  9, with his young daughter, Lucy, on his lap.

Roanoke Fall Festival starts tonight, runs through Saturday

A car driven by Zac McGraw, of Portland, T-bones the car driven by Adam Dziabis, of Whitley County, during the 2015 Roanoke Fall Festival Demolition Derby. The event returns this year on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Roanoke Park.
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Festival-lovers will get a taste of the weekend to come as the first events of the Roanoke Fall Festival get underway tonight, Thursday, Sept. 8.

The carnival opens at 5 p.m. and Food Alley at 6 p.m., with a pet parade, pie-eating contest and a show by Hubie Ashcraft rounding out the evening.

The festival continues Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9 and 10, with music by The Bulldogs on Friday night and Press the Glass on Saturday — both at 8:30 p.m.

Heading to the finish line


Photo by Steve Clark.

Dylan Van Ness (left) and Christian Brothers race each other down Main Street in Roanoke during Cubmobile racing on Saturday morning, Sept. 12, as part of the Roanoke Fall Festival.

Gotcha!


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The car driven by Zac McGraw, of Portland, T-bones the car driven by Adam Dziabis, of Whitley County, during the Roanoke Fall Festival Demolition Derby on Saturday evening, Sept. 12.

 

Cake auction fund-raiser


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Auctioneer Jarron Miller (left), of Sullivan Auctioneers, goes through his paces during the Roanoke Fall Festival cake auction fund-raiser on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12, as Abbey Spice (middle) and Cathy Copper help out.

Petting the gator


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

"Lemur Levi" of Silly Safari holds a small alligator for children to pet during the group's performance at the Roanoke Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12.

Riverview band lights it up


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Riverview Middle School Raider marching band entertains as it heads down the Roanoke Fall Festival Parade route on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12.

Boy Scouts ride float in Roanoke Fall Festival Parade


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Members of  Boy Scouts Troop 302 ride on their camping theme float in the Roanoke Fall Festival Parade on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12.

Marching Vikes in Roanoke


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Huntington North High School Marching Vikes come down the Roanoke Fall Festival Parade route on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12, in downtown Roanoke.

Going for broke


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Ralph Hunt, of Oakwood, OH, pushes his vehicle, “Yellow Thunder” during the Two Wheel Class of the NTPA Tractor Pull contest held Friday, Sept. 11, in Roanoke Park as part of the Roanoke Fall Festival. Hunt scored 278.296 to take fifth place.

Ageless Iron in downtown Roanoke


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Jack Deibler, of Huntington (right), enjoys being the center of attention as he drives his 1941 Farmall H tractor in the Ageless Iron Tractor Parade that made its way through downtown Roanoke on Friday, Sept. 11, as part of the Roanoke Fall Festival. Ageless Iron President Norm Reichenbach (left) announces.

Festival music


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The Holy Rebels, made up of Jonathan (left) and Jenelle Taylor, are featured on the entertainment stage at the Roanoke Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 12. The Huntington University graduates, who have been performing together since 2009, will entertain from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Their in interactive performances of favorites from the 1940s to today includes duets, tributes to music legends and upbeat dance tunes. The festival opens tonight, Thursday, Sept. 10, at Roanoke Park and continues through Saturday, Sept. 12.

Three parades, five bands and much more highlight Roanoke’s 62nd annual Fall Festival

Hubie Ashcraft kicks off three nights of free entertainment at the Roanoke Fall Festival. The band brings its country tunes to Roanoke Park on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m.
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Three parades, five bands and the always popular cake auction, tractor pull and demolition derby all return as the Roanoke Fall Festival celebrates its 62nd year Sept. 10 through 12.

The trio of parades starts off on a diminutive note as kids and their animal friends wind into Roanoke Park in the Pet parade, to be held Thursday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m.

Kiningham and Marker win top Ducky Run prizes

Winners have been named for the annual Ducky Run sponsored by the Roanoke Kiwanis Club. The event was run Saturday, Sept. 6, as part of the Roanoke Fall Festival.
Alan Kiningham won the Vera Bradley gift tote as the top prize, while Ron Marker won the $100 cash from the Roanoke Kiwanis Club.

Other winners included: $25 cash from Bippus State Bank - Elsie Wygant; $20 cash from United REMC - Shannon Shockney; wheel alignment Ingle's Service - Terry Dailey; and $25 gift card to Roanoke Village Inn - Kelly Lee.

Veterans win top trophy At RFF Parade Saturday

The winning units in the Sept. 6 Roanoke Fall Festival parade have been announced.

They are:
• Commander's Trophy - Korean War Veterans.

• Overall Trophy-Alles Family Farm Equipment.

• Men's Color Guard - First place, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Huntington; second place, Flag Team 823.

• Floats - First place, Bippus State Bank; second place, Seminary United Methodist Church.

• Antique Vehicle - First place, Denis Dearduff; second place, Hunterman 1953 Super H Tractor.

Demolition derby


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Roanoke Fall Festival Demolition Derby, organized by the the Roanoke Tractor Pullers Association, was held Saturday evening, Sept. 6, at Roanoke Park.

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