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.
TAB file photo.

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.”