If you enjoy bumping into people that you haven’t seen in ages, indulging in food booth cuisine, and watching various floats glide through a parade filled with the music of marching bands, you have 25 men to thank.
Thursday, May 26th 1949, 25 men gathered at the Amery Legion Hall to discuss proposals for a fall community affair. Allen Kinney, president of the Amery Community Club, formed the group and G.E. Niccum prepared a committee plan. The name “Fall Festival” was chosen and directors were elected to manage the festival and funds that would be maintained from year to year. The first seven directors of the festival were: G.E. Niccum, Palmer Sondreal, R.M. Houger, William Burman, Rueben Christensen, Ralph Pennington, and J. Edson Davis.
There have been many changes to the festival from year to year. A group of dedicated volunteers has worked tirelessly throughout the year to provide a fun-filled weekend. The 2019 Amery Fall Festival is being tri-chaired by Patti Johnson and Josh and April Ziemer. The Grand Marshals are Bill and Judi Baldwin. 12 Queen candidates are hopeful to fill the spots currently held by Miss Amery/Miss Congeniality Hailey Clausen, 1st Princess Laura Kastanek , 2nd Princess Claire Flanum, 3rd Princess Mackenzie Mike, and 4th Princess Bailey Johnson.
Earl’s Rides begin at 4 p.m. Thursday and run until 9 p.m.
On Friday the rides run from 3-11 p.m. The Amery Area Historical Society (AAHS) will hold a REVEAL experience on September 13, 1:00 p.m. at the Amery Area Public Library. Be among the first to attend the program, A Spotlight on Amery’s Past. AAHS will release newly discovered facts and forgotten information. An open house will precede the program from 10:00-12:30. The Pie Bake Off will be judged at Soo Line Park at 6p.m. The Bean Bag competition will start at 7 p.m. During this time at the beer tent, Kar Jackers will provide music from 6-8 p.m. and County Line will take the stage at 8 p.m., playing until Midnight.
Saturday morning the Kidz Race starts at 7:30 a.m. and the Walk/Run will begin at 8 a.m. The 29th Annual Apple River Quilt Show will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Arts and Crafts show will open at 9 a.m. in their new location, west of the beer tent. The show will run until 3 p.m. The fine arts show will take place from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. The Grand Parade will start at 10:30, followed by the opening of the food court area and a new Meet and Greet event with a Super Hero and Princess. The beer tent will open at Noon. Jim Armstrong will play from 12-2p.m. The second Bean Bag tournament will start at 2 p.m. with Kar Jackers providing music until 6 p.m. The Amery Fire Department Water Fight stats at 2p.m. as well. The Kiddie Tractor Pull is in a new location on River Avenue at 2p.m. The Groovin’ 60’s will provide tunes from 6-9 p.m. Queen’s Coronation is at 7 p.m. at the Amery High School. Following the crowning of the new royalty, the Dweebs will take stage at 9 p.m. and play until 1 a.m.
Sunday, the Amery Community Center will host their Pancake Breakfat from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The Amery FFA Alumni Toy Tractor Show in the Amery Middle School Gym is from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Quilt show picks up for day two from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Amery Lion’s Club Classic Car and Motorcycle Show will be on Harriman Avenue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the music of Kar Jackers playing. The beer tent will open from Noon until 2 p.m. and the Amery Snowmobile Club will host their 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Amery Community Center from 3-6 p.m.
It is a lot of activities squeezed into a few short days. If you would like further information about any of the events, please visit ameryfallfestival.org