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Enjoy live polka music and a carnival during the Marble Falls Fall Festival from Oct. 27-29 in Johnson Park, 230 Avenue J. The event is hosted by the Marble Falls/Highland Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s a lot like MayFest,” said Jarrod Metzgar, executive director of the chamber. “It’s a pretty casual, low-key community event.”

The carnival sets up across from the Johnson Park ballfields. Guests can purchase carnival wristbands for $25 to enjoy the attractions all day long.

“We don’t have any (wristbands) to pre-sale,” said Special Events Coordinator Katie Savage. “(Guests) will need to walk up to the carnival to purchase their wristbands.”

Tickets for two rides, Speed and Blackout, are not included in the wristband package. Admission for each is $10.

“Those are the really big rides,” Metzgar said. “You can ride all the other rides all day with your wristband.”

Kona Ice, Mac’n Wag’n, Taquizas La Priepa, and Crawford’s BBQ will dish out food during the festival. Guests can also purchase alcoholic beverages and other refreshments at a concession stand.

“We try to get some that are members (of the Chamber of Commerce) and some that are not,” Savage said of food and drink vendors. “We wanted to have some well-known food trucks and some newer ones in the area to mix it up a little bit.”

No advanced registration is required for a Halloween costume contest at the festival.

“We’ll have age groups and some fun prizes,” Savage said.

Market vendors will begin selling their wares at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“We don’t have an end time for them,” Savage said. “We encourage people to stay as late as possible.”

Live music acts include the Pivo and Polka Band on Friday, Oompahs Band on Saturday, and Southern Comfort Band on Sunday.

For more information, visit the chamber’s website.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, Oct. 27

  • 5 p.m. — Carnival opens
  • 7-10 p.m. — Pivo and Polka Band
  • 11 p.m. — Carnival closes

Saturday, Oct. 28

  • 1 p.m. — Carnival opens
  • 1 p.m. — Market vendors set up tents
  • 2 p.m. — Halloween Costume Contest
  • 6-9 p.m. — Oompahs Band
  • 11 p.m. — Carnival closes

Sunday, Oct. 29 

  • 1 p.m. — Carnival opens
  • 1-4 p.m. — Southern Comfort Band
  • 10 p.m. — Carnival closes

nathan@thepicayune.com