Downtown fall festival set to return Saturday

Annual Fall Into Grafton to feature walk, mini golf, pumpkin derby and more
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Although most community events have been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual Fall Into Grafton celebration will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, in downtown Grafton.

Festivities will begin at 9 a.m. with a history walk from the Paramount Plaza to the Chair Factory Historical Marker and back. The event will be led by members of the Grafton Parks and Recreation Department. 

New to this year’s activities will be a Pumpkin Puttin’ mini golf contest throughout the downtown business district from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Annalise Jasinski, Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce special events and tourism promotion coordinator, said the contest was added this year because it allows for social distancing by having three tee times. Four-member teams pay a $10 fee.

“Each business that is participating will have an 8-by-6-foot hole that will be decorated with either fall themes or other themes of their business,” she said.

Registration is required for the mini golf contest and may be completed at www.grafton-wi.org/fall-into-grafton.

From 1 to 4 p.m., the annual Pumpkin Derby will be held at the Paramount Plaza. Derby kits can be picked up at Bank Five Nine.

Kits cost $15, but if returned to the bank after the event, participants will get their money back, Jasinski said. 

People can participate in the annual pumpkin carving contest by dropping off their jack-o’-lanterns in the plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free pumpkin coupons can also be picked up at Bank Five Nine.

There will be a lighting at 6 p.m., and people can vote for their favorite pumpkin on the Celebrate Grafton Facebook page. 

“For a year where there isn’t a lot going on, we have a lot going on for Fall Into Grafton,” Jasinski said.

“We didn’t want to cancel the event, and we had to find a different way to keep it going while still respecting health guidelines. We hope to have a steady flow of people.”

For more information about Fall Into Grafton, visit www.grafton-wi.org or call 377-1650.

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