FallsFest New Location Will Bring Few Changes

Whether it rains or shines, the activities for this weekend's FallsFest will go on as scheduled but it will all be held at the MPEC instead of Lucy Park.

rain chances are forcing organizers to change the festival's location. However, they said the change could be a blessing in disguised.

"We think it's going to be bigger and better. A lot of people I think will come to the concert being indoors this year that would not go to the park," said Stella Keuehler, a FallsFest board member.

Natalie Henderson, FallsFest co-director, also said, "We think that we're going to have more room to spread out so we're really looking forward to it. Everyone so far has been very positive."

Another advantage the festival will have is more free parking space available at the MPEC. Overall the public shouldn't expect many changes. This year's music headliners are the only ones performing inside the K. Yeager Coliseum. The tradition of the outdoor festival will be kept alive in the south side of the MPEC next to the trees and the Wichita River.

"For the most part all of our games, all of our food vendors will remain outside. We will also have our small stages set up outside with our other entertainment," said Henderson.

If it does rain, everything will be moved inside MPEC'S Exhibit Hall. The Nuts-N-Bolts Run will now end at the MPEC. The only things that will still be held at Lucy Park are the 5K and 15K run, as well as the volleyball competition.

The city of Wichita Falls is donating any costs that usually come with using MPEC as a location for an event. The festival raises money for Wichita Falls, Streams and Valleys and the Junior League of Wichita Falls.

Here's the full information about the event:

The event will be held Friday, September 27 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and will continue on Saturday, September 28 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at the gate, and $10 after 5 p.m.

FallsFest will feature two rocking concerts and host multiple events. Friday night's concert will include Casey Donahew Band with the Mullet Boys. The Marshall Tucker Band with Twicebroken will perform on Saturday.

The 5K and 15K races are scheduled for Saturday at 8 a.m. Registration has already begun, but it is not too late to sign up! Until Thursday, adults are $30 and kids 17 and younger are $20. Members of the Wichita Falls Runners Club (WFRC) who pre-register will receive a $2 discount.

Runners can still register the weekend of the races. On Friday and Saturday, adults are $35. Kids are $25. All participants will receive a free ticket to FallsFest.

FallsFest will also feature a Nuts-N-Bolts Run. It will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. The first 200 paid entries will get a free T-shirt. The first drawing winner will receive two VIP Back Stage Passes, a $100 gift certificate to Red River Harley-Davidson and a dinner for two at Parkway Grill.

The second drawing winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Red River Harley-Davidson and dinner for two at Parkway Grill. It is $25 for each rider and only $15 per passenger.

FallsFest will also host a sand volleyball tournament. It begins Saturday at 9 a.m. The price per player is only $25. The entry fee includes the tournament, a T-shirt, and concert. To register, call Judy Garnett at (940) 631-9019.

FallsFest is presented by Wichita Falls Streams and Valleys and the WFRC. All proceeds will be split among Wee-Chi-Tah Trail, Streams and Valleys, and WFRC projects.

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6