New Madrid Fall Festival set for October 1

Published: Sep. 7, 2016 at 7:12 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2016 at 8:43 PM CDT
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NEW MADRID, MO (KFVS) - The New Madrid Chamber of Commerce and festival sponsors want you to mark your calendar for this year's New Madrid Fall Festival and Bass Pro Shop's Big Cat Quest.

The event will take place on October 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in beautiful downtown New Madrid, Mo.

The festival will include a 5K glow run, free youth fishing rodeo, beauty pageants, car, truck, bike and tractor show, a cornhole tournament, arts and craft vendors, live music, great food and fun for the entire family.

The Riverbend Jaycees will kick off the festivities on Friday night, September 30, with the Run the River 5K.

It will be a glow run and proceeds from the event will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association.

Pre-registration is $25, $30 on the day of the event.

Registration begins at 7 p.m. at Semo Health Network's Wellness Center and the race will begin at 8 p.m.

For more information visit the Riverbend Jaycees Run the River 5k Facebook page.

On the morning of the festival, there will be a free youth fishing rodeo for children ages 1-12 at the city pond on Highway WW.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and children can fish from 9-11.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must bring your own fishing pole and bait.

Ken Freeman Outdoor Promotions will be on hand to present prizes and awards to the winners.

Arts and craft vendors and food vendors will be set up on Main Street from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

There are currently over 40 vendors that will be selling things such as wreaths, clothing, baked items, duck calls, jewelry, personalized items, handmade crafts, candles and more.

Booth space is still available for $15 per 10x10 outdoor space.  For more information please call the Chamber office at 573-748-5300.  No more food vendors are being accepted at this time.

The New Madrid County Family Resource Center will host a Grease themed beauty pageant at the Dixie Theatre for girls ages 0-19 years and boys ages 0-5 years.

Girls and boys ages 5 and under should dress in Grease themed attire, girls 6-19 are to wear formal wear.

Pageants begin at 10 a.m. Early registration fee is $25, day of registration fee is $35.  For more information contact the resource center by calling 573-748-5371.

The New Madrid Masonic Lodge #108 will be sponsoring the Missouri Child Identification Program.

This is a wonderful program that provides an information packet about your child such as fingerprints, photos, a dental impression and other vital information to be used if your child is lost of missing.

This is free for children ages 0-21 and will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the Fall Festival.

There will be a car, truck, bike and tractor show with proceeds going to Project Graduation.

Pre-show registration is $15, day of registration will be $20.

Trophies will be awarded in eight categories as well as a People's Choice award and Best of Show.  For more information call 573-521-9022.

Other activities will include free covered wagon rides, 9 Holes to Go miniature golf, the Lazy L Safari Petting Zoo, Riverbend Jaycees cornhole tournament, Lazy L Safari pony rides, live music by The Living Stones, Lazy L Safari Gemstone Mine, the Southeast Explorer bus, as well as various fundraising raffles.

The afternoon will wrap up with the Bass Pro Shop's Big Cat Quest Tournament weigh-in.

The parade of trucks and boats line Main Street as teams from across the country bring their live catch to be weighed.

It is not uncommon to see 50-80 pound catfish during the weigh-in.

For more information about the festival or any of the events listed please contact the New Madrid Chamber of Commerce at 573-748-5300 or go to

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