The annual Fall Festival is scheduled for Oct. 7-9 in historic downtown Van Buren.

Sponsored by the Old Town Merchants Association, Fall Festival will have vendor booths lined up from the Crawford County Courthouse to the train depot.

Arts and crafts lovers will have a feast for the eyes with booths full of artwork, handmade items and antiques. Food vendors will be on hand with a variety of foods, like funnel cakes, corn dogs and sandwiches.

For the children there will be face painting and bounce houses, as well as kid-centered vendors selling everything from hair bows to clothing to wooden toys.

There will be a carnival on Webster Street Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. There also will be helicopter rides.

Vendor booths are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

This year’s Fall Festival also will include the second annual Mid-West Steak Cookoff championship Saturday, Oct. 8. Sponsored by Advanced Meat Processing, the cook-off will offer a steak dinner to the public with serving lines to open at 5 p.m.

The dinner will include a 16-ounce Certified Angus Beef ribeye, baked potato bar, raspberry salad, country green beans and salad. Cost is $20 or $30 for a VIP dinner and hospitality room.

Advance tickets are available at Firefly Boutique and Gifts, 613 Main St., or Chapters on Main, 816 Main.

To enter a team in the cookoff, go to Call (479) 461-1725 for more information.

Fall Festival will open at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, with a Karaoke Battle for the Mic on Stage 9 in the Blanche Moore Memorial Park.

Music will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 8 with the Dixie Misfits, followed by Backroads at noon, Britt and Andy at 2 p.m., Hannah Brown at 3:30 and David Rath at 4. Friday night’s karaoke winner will perform at 6.

The Eric Matthews Band will take to the stage at 6:30 p.m. Camille Rae will perform at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, Brandy Flynn will be on the stage at 11 a.m., BBQ Bill and Smokin’ Chickens at noon, Lee Altman at 1:30 p.m. and Lexi Gartman at 2:30.