Chester Bowl Celebrates 33rd Running of Fall Fest

September 13, 2017 09:22 AM

It may not feel like it, but fall is on the way, and Chester Bowl is celebrating. The 33rd annual Chester Bowl Fall Fest is Saturday, September 16 in Duluth.

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Chester Bowl Improvement Club Executive Director Dave Schaeffer joined us for all the details, along with Program Manager Sam Luoma.

Over 120 vendors will be getting in on the fun this year, touting locally-made items. As always, kids will have a number of activities to choose from throughout the day, as well.

This year's live music line-up provides a variety of different genres. Local favorite and acoustic Ska duo, Woodblind, will kick things off at 10:00 a.m, solo artist Ingeborg von Agassiz will provide some keyboard playing and vocal looping beginning at noon, and Americana duo Mama's Stolen Horses closes things out at 2:00 p.m.

The fest is free, but there is a suggested donation of $5 per person and $10 per family for Fall Fest. Donations go toward the Chester Scholarship Program for kids. The program helps kids in need, who want to participate in different programs Chester Bowl offers throughout the year. Last year, the club donated over $21,000 dollars in scholarships for their winter and summer camp programs.

A reminder to folks that parking is minimal at Chester Bowl.

"If you live close enough to walk or bike, choose that for sure," Schaeffer says.

He explains that neighborhood parking fills up quickly and is not recommended. People can park in Lot B at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. There will be three school buses constantly shuttling people to and from the festival.

In the case of inclement weather, a back-up date is set for the following day, September 17. You can visit for the latest updates.


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