Huntley Fall Fest returns with a bang


Huntley Fall Fest had a fantastic firework show on Saturday, Sept. 25. (C. Molbeck)

By Camryn Molbeck

The Huntley Fall Fest returned for its 16th year in Deicke Park with endless activities for everyone to enjoy.

Many different food vendors attended this year, including Butcher on The Block, The Texan BBQ, Huntley Tacos Locos, Sammy’s Bar & Grill, Manny’s Handcrafted Gelato & Cafe, S’moresense Baking Co., Plum Garden, Kona Ice, and The Beer Garden.

“Besides the rides, I think my favorite would have to be all the food vendors,” first-year volunteer Irene Banerjee said. “I think it’s so cool that there’s so many different local options to eat.”

The lineup for the main stage on Saturday included the bands Barracuda HEART Tribute, An American Prayer, The Lounge Puppets, Pino Farina Band, and 7th Heaven. 

On the children’s stage, both Huntley Unlimited Gymnastics School and Dance Force Studios performed. There was also a fun magic show and a Culver’s Ice Cream Eating Contest for the kids.

A corn maze, petting zoo, bouncy houses, hay rides, and a scarecrow building contest – and of course the popular carnival rides with a ferris wheel and carousel – were all additional attractions that put people in the spirit of fall. 

Some of the more popular rides this year included Sky Rider, Fire Ball, and Freak Out. 

The craft and business fair sported many small businesses in the area and allowed them to share their creative ideas and items ranging from Halloween to Christmas.

“Everyone is super nice, all the people working here, it’s just a very good experience,” felt-artist vendor Alyssa Anderson said.

The fireworks show kicked off at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday and managed to outshine the lights of the carnival. The show ended with a magnificent finale.

To top it all off, the bands Jak Tripper, My Metal Heart, and Rok Brigade were featured on Sunday. 

This not-for-profit organization has brought many years of fun to the families of Huntley and will continue to do so with the support of the community and the many volunteers.