This family-friendly festival in one of our favorite small towns takes place October 12-14, 2018. Make sure to mark your calendars and make it out to the festival to enjoy some good old-fashioned and memorable family time together. The festival runs Friday evening, all day on Saturday, and Sunday until about 4 p.m. A $2 Rose Hill Fall Festival button gets you in for all three days! Even better, kids ages 12 and younger don’t need a button – they get in FREE.
The festivities begin on Friday evening with a chili cookoff, backyard BBQ competition, and the opening of the WEEE carnival. There’s also a great deal on the carnival: you can get a wristband for $20 that lets you ride unlimited rides from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday or Saturday night.
On Saturday morning, get an early start by participating in the annual Rose Hill Run for the Roses 1-mile and 5K. The fun continues throughout the day on Saturday with lots of activities! The fall festival parade and float competition is at 11 a.m. Saturday. Other activities on Saturday include, the craft show, car show, pedal tractor pull, petting zoo and pony rides, sand volleyball tournament, inflatables, turtle races, and a music festival!
The Rose Hill Historical Society craft show – which is so large it takes up two school gyms and then some – will be held at Rose Hill Middle School, 212 E Rocket Drive, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The Music Festival begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday night and ends at 9 p.m.
The fun doesn’t end on Saturday. Sunday is the Community Picnic, fishing derby, and “Money in the Hay” scramble for kids only. (Kids are divided by age group and get to find hidden money in the bales of hay. That’s like the fall version of an Easter egg hunt, only better!) Cost to participate in the fishing derby is $10 per pole. Also on Sunday, you can get a carnival wristband for only $18 and spend the last hours of the festival spinning on the rides!
Again, the cost for the festival is only a $2 button and kids under 12 get in free. You can purchase your button in advance at:
- Rose Hill Recreation Commission, 400 S. Rose Hill Road
- Lee Media Group, 1029 N. Rose Hill Road
- Rose Hill Bank, 107 N Rose Hill Rd
- Rose Hill Casey’s, 1314 N Rose Hill Rd
- Rose Hill Senior Center, 217 E Silknitter St
- Rose Hill City Offices, 125 W. Rosewood
- Midtown Services, 101 E Berry Ave
Originally published Sept. 19, 2016; Updated Oct. 5