For the first day of fall, we decided to fully take in the fall fun this year. Our goal is to venture to many of the fall festivals and we kicked it off with the 61st Annual Valley Center Fall Festival.
Taking place in the heart of Valley Center and put on by the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce, it was a two-day event consisting of the WEEE Entertainment Ride-A-Rama, craft vendors on Main street, a food court, a beer garden, a Saturday morning parade, live music and more.
Due to prior obligations, we didn’t arrive until midday on Saturday. We missed out on the parade, which I was told by friends was packed. We also missed the washer tournament, which would have been right up my alley.
But we did get there in time to catch some live music, play some games, ride the rides, and see Big Fat Fun on the main stage.
It was my first time hearing Big Fat Fun, and I loved that they played so many of the classics. Songs that I could sing a long to from wherever I was at. You could hear them from all ends of the festival.
We didn’t know what to expect at the Valley Center Fall Festival, but it felt like the entire city of Valley Center was there, plus some. I ran into friends I haven’t seen in a while, familiar food vendors and carnival game employees I’m sure I’ve come across over the years of throwing my money at random games.
One thing I loved about the festival was the number of local food vendors on hand. I saw Wadadli Island Cuisine, Cheezepanzee, Shurley Concessions, and one food truck I’ve never had in Honey & Rue’s who was outstanding. Be sure to check out our blog on them here.
The rest of our time at the Valley Center Fall Festival was mostly riding the kiddie rides with our kids. My daughter has really become enamored with carnival rides, so a future trip to Disney World may have to be planned in the next couple of years.
When we weren’t on the rides, our time was spent at the carnival games. We played skee-ball, fishing for frogs, basketball, darts, an assortment of fun carnie games that are my guilty pleasure. Fortunately, we won at plenty of them and had probably 4-5 stuffies per child to take home. I have no idea where we will put them, but that will be decided once we finish our tour of fall festivals.
To say we had fun would be an understatement. Where to next?
For more information on future Valley Center Fall Festivals, head over to their website.
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