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Our event will be held on October 7, 8, 14, & 15, 2017

Celebrating the Fall Season in Style for the 49th Year

Fulton County offers an unusual beauty of colors throughout the Spoon River Valley. This scene inspired founders to hold the first Fall Festival and to organize the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive in Fulton County and the surrounding areas, come enjoy the natural wonders!

The first weekend of the Scenic Drive brought large crowds and a second consecutive weekend was held in October 1968. The Scenic Drive's Fall Festival has since been held each year during the first 2 full weekends of October. Next year, we will hold the event for 4 days: October 7, 8, 14, and 15, 2017.

The Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive Associates invites you to come to Fulton County and enjoy the natural wonders of the Spoon River Valley. Spoon River has carved a wide scenic valley in the area as it flows from London Mills to the south and east, where it joins the Illinois River near the southeastern corner of the county.

Information for Vendors


We ask vendors to wear clothes that reflect the rich history of Spoon River Country and match the ambiance of the festival.


There are numerous sanctioned sites and areas throughout Fulton County, IL and along our Scenic Drive routes. We can help you choose where to set up.


Before September 1, the registration fee is $50 for all vendors and Fulton County food concessions. For food vendors outside Fulton County, the fee is $100.


We ask vendors to contribute a small percentage of their net profits for advertising, promotion, toilet facilities, and administrative costs.

Why Join Us

  • Historical Location

    The Spoon River became nationally known from the work of Edgar Lee Masters, the author of the noted Spoon River Anthology. The home of Masters still stands in Lewistown, the county seat of Fulton County.

  • Unique Attractions

    Fulton County's Spoon River Valley offers much to the visitor during the Fall Festival and other seasons of the year. There are many attractions you will find interesting. A few highlights include the lone dam on the Spoon River at Bernadotte, a public boat dock at London Mills, the historical Ellisville Opera House, and the breathtaking scenery along the entire route of the Spoon River.

  • Scrumptious Dishes

    Cooking, tasting, and sharing food has become long-standing traditions during the Fall Festival. Join us and enjoy tasty dishes such as apple butter made before your eyes at London Mills, baked potatoes and hot cider at Farmington, chicken and noodles at Smithfield's Red Brick School, baked goods in Duncan Mills, and the famed ham in Ellisville.


We will give directions on how to get to our site and provide updates on road closures as the event nears. Make sure you check this section again soon for news and call us for details before you travel.

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Information for Visitors

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We Welcome Visitors From All Over the State

Visitors are welcome to join us on the highways and byways of Fulton County. The areas sport the colors of the 4 seasons and are open all year round for visitors. Routes run through London Mills, Farmington, Vermont, Teddy Bear Jct., Elmwood, Ellisville, Smithfield, Cuba, Canton, Avon, Lewistown, Bernadotte, Duncan Mills, Waterford Township and Ipava. These routes cover more than 100 miles in Fulton County.

We have been around for a long time! Furthermore, we have established relationships with vendors and a strong loyalty with visitors who have been coming to our event year after year.