Something for everyone at this year’s Fall Fest

Megan’s Mission 5K steps off at 6 p.m.

The community will gather this weekend in celebration of the citizens of Coal City.

Coal City’s Village and Park Boards, with the support of more than a dozen local businesses, will host the second annual Fall Fest—an event that will usher in a new season—on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Fall Fest will include a car show, 5K fundraising run, live music, ax throwing and more.

Activities get underway at 4 p.m. with a car show running north along South Broadway from Campbell Memorial Park until 7 p.m.

The Megan’s Mission 5K run/walk will step off at 6 p.m. from the 700 block of S. Broadway. Proceeds from the run will support the Megan’s Mission Foundation’s efforts to fund childhood cancer research and advocacy.

The race course will have runners heading south on Broadway to Reed Road with a turn around that will bring them back into town.
Registration for the run/walk is still open at

Additional activities for the day including a Touch-a-Truck event, inflatables, escape room, archery games, mini golf and something called, Zombie-in-a-Box.

Snap Shot Band will perform from 7-10 p.m. in the parking lot at Bob’s Advanced Auto &Tire, and there will be a host of food and beverages available including turkey poorboys and baked good from New Hope Presbyterian Church, lemon shake ups prepared by the Coal City High School Science Club, the Boy Scouts will be grilling brats and the Cub Scouts will be selling Dan’s candy apples. Picture Me Smokin’ will have its barbecue trailer open and the towns bars and restaurants will also be open.

To kick-off the celebration Bob’s Advanced Auto & Tire will host a customer appreciation evening in the business parking lot on Friday, Sept. 16.

Food will be served from 7-9 p.m., a mechanical bull and escape room will be operating from 6-10 p.m. and there will be live music by Bad Choices from 9 p.m. to midnight.