Barrels of fall fun are just around the corner as Windermere gears up for its annual Fall Festival.

The annual festival, always a big favourite of residents and visitors alike, is back again next weekend, outside the Windermere Community Hall, promising to be bigger and better than ever.

“It’s a fantastic family event, with great music and great food. There will be plenty of harvest-style vendors, with things such as apples and pies, and fall veggies,” said organizer Julia Buttle. “There will also be a lot of fun and games for kids. The kids zone will be really big this year, and will have a lot of activities.”

Aside from food vendors such as J2 Ranch, Edibles and Hopkins, community groups such as the Invermere Public Library and Black Star Studios will be at the fair, as will popular entertainers such as Marty and Eli Beingessner, and Avalily Permaculture owner Kalista Pruden, who will be running a chicken poop bingo contest and a grow-the-largest vegetable contest.

“Our wife-carrying contest will also be back. Last year it was perhaps our biggest draw, a ton of fun, and quite hilarious,” said Ms. Buttle. “It really was awesome. It’s supposed to be a man carrying a woman, but really anybody can carry anybody.”

In total the fair will feature 30 vendors, including many from the Invermere Downtown Farmers’ Market, which wraps up the weekend prior to the fall festival.

Victoria Page is running the fair’s art and garden show, which will run inside the Windermere Community Hall.

“We are still looking for artists and gardeners who want to join the fair,” said Ms. Page.

Painters, potters and virtually anybody else who does any sort of artwork or garden work is welcome.

There will also be a big quilting group at the art and garden show.

The fair is on Sunday, September 17th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.