• 17th Annual Watson’s Fall Festival

    Beautiful Fall Decorations

    Beautiful Fall Decorations


    Vendors and Activities

    Come celebrate the harvest season at State Center’s 17th Annual

    Watson’s Fall Festival on Friday evening, October 9, along the

    Lincoln Highway in downtown State Center. The celebration, hosted

    by the State Center Historical Society, the State Center Development

    Association, and State Center area businesses, runs from 5:00 to

    7:00 p.m. and centers around the historic Watson’s Grocery Store

    Museum, built in 1895 on State Center’s historic Main Street.

    Watson’s Grocery is the place to be as the State Center Historical

    Society hosts their homemade pie and ice cream sale inside the

    store’s tall double doors. The Historical Society welcomes donations

    of homemade pies, cakes, and bars for the sale that afternoon.

    The 7th Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest will also be held inside

    the store, with winners determined by a popular vote of visitors

    throughout the evening. Pumpkin entries can be dropped off at the

    store between 4:00 and 5:00 that afternoon.

    In the street outside, the State Center Farmers Market will host its

    final night for this season. The Farmers Market will feature baked

    goods, beauty products, crafts, clothing, and various autumnal

    produce. For those looking for a quick and tasty meal, State Center’s

    own Hometown Foods will be grilling in the market area. Longtime

    market favorite, Dick Ferneau, will be entertaining with his organ

    music throughout the evening. Free for the kids, will be the ever-

    popular Bounce House. Also for the kids, and adults alike, will be free

    hayrides on a tractor-drawn hayrack, with pick-ups and drop-offs in

    the street outside Watson’s front doors.

    Just east of Watson’s Grocery, the folks from Mitchell Family Funeral

    Home, West Marshall Chapel, will be serving free caramel apples to

    visitors stopping in.

    Watson’s new next door neighbor to the west, NuCara Pharmacy, will

    also be busy that night. The folks at NuCara and the local police

    department are partnering up to host their first “Take Back Night”, an

    event where visitors are invited to bring in their bottles of expired

    and/or unused prescription medicines for safe disposal.

    Down the street at Jacobson Portrait Studio, students from the West

    Marshall High School Art Department will be hosting their Fall Art

    Show, a benefit exhibition to raise money for the group’s upcoming

    Spring of ’16 Art Trip, where they will be traveling to Kansas City, with

    its art-related attractions, such as the Crown Center and the Nelson-

    Atkins Museum of Art. Admission to the Fall Art Show is a free-will


    For your shopping convenience, various downtown area businesses

    will remain open later that evening.

    The citizens of State Center invite you to come to town on Friday,

    October 9, and help them celebrate this bountiful harvest season

    along the Lincoln Highway in the heart of Iowa with an evening of

    dining, shopping, and family entertainment on their historic Main


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