Community Fall Festival

If you are looking for some great family fun this weekend then Dowdy Park is the place to be this Saturday, Oct. 29. Summerville is hosting a Community Fall Festival packed full of fun for the family from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Fall Fest 2016 features live music, hay rides, miniature train rides at the depot, carnival games, activities, art and crafts, face painting, food, and fun for the entire family, including several friendly contests.

Local churches will have a wide array of games and activities including Hoola Hoop Toss, Corn Hole, Go Fish, Nerf Football Toss and more.

Several fun contests are scheduled for the day including a Children’s Homemade Halloween Costume Contest for youth ages 12 and under and The Spooky Pooch Costume Contest. Registration for each of these contests will be at Dowdy Park in the middle gazebo from 11:00 a.m.-noon. There is no registration fee for the Children’s Homemade Costume Contest; there is a $5 registration fee for the Spooky Pooch Contest that will benefit the Chattooga County Animal Shelter.

Announcement of winners for the costume contest will be at 12:30 p.m. The Spooky Pooch Costume Parade and judging will follow at 12:45 p.m., with an announcement of winners at 1 p.m.

Cancer Patient Fundraiser

Shirley Forbes will be inside the Summerville Depot with her famous Morning Glory Chicken Salad during the Saturday festivities to raise funds for Chattooga County cancer patients. Funds will be used to provide gas cards for patients traveling out of county to receive treatments.

Trains and Tracks Expo

Train enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy the Trains and Tracks Expo at the Summerville Depot Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30. Expo hours of operation are: Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday, noon-3 p.m. Admission is free. It is designed for children of all ages, for modelers, collectors and enthusiasts, for families in search of good old-fashioned fun and for the simply curious. Featured will be tables of trains, accessories, scale models and collectible toys.

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Steam Engine is scheduled to arrive each day of the event at 12:45 p.m. with passengers and will be turned on the Summerville Turntable, for the public’s viewing pleasure. There will be railroad memorabilia for sale, food and craft vendors at the depot, and much more.

A highlight for the event will be the Chattanooga Modular Modeler Train exhibit. The Chattanooga Modular Modelers, Inc. is a non-profit Tennessee corporation that uses the hobby of model railroading to educate the public about the role the railroads have played in our nation’s history. They teach techniques for construction of portable displays. They also teach electric and electronics principles used in modern devices, and how to display artistic expression through the mastery of the many skills necessary to complete a model railroad or diorama. Their motto is “Teaching and Inspiring through the art of Model Railroading.”