Our event will be held on October 7, 8, 14, & 15, 2017
Celebrating the Fall Season in Style for the 50th Year
As the days start to shorten, the weather gets a little cooler, and the leaves begin to change excitement fills the air along the scenic easy flowing Spoon River in Fulton County. The beauty of the fall colors that so many of us have had in our backyard makes us proud to invite visitors to come and take in the wonders of Mother Nature along the Spoon River. This year we are especially looking forward to seeing our many guests and returning friends as we celebrate the 50th year of the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive Fall Festival!
Thanks to the vision of some dedicated residents who lived along the banks of Spoon River, the Scenic Drive was born. The founding members of the Scenic Drive opened their properties to visitors that first Saturday and Sunday, October 5 & 6, 1968. The many visitors and the beautiful weather encouraged them to have a second weekend. The SRVSD Fall Festival has continued to be held each year during the first two full weekends of October.
As you make your way along the many roads that border the Spoon River, we also would like to invite you to visit Elmwood in Peoria County, and Havana River Front Park in Mason County. Both of these communities border Fulton County and have rich history to share as well. Come - enjoy the natural wonders of the Spoon River Valley. Our many SRVSD Associates invite you to enjoy their antiques, artistic wares, beautiful scenery, delicious foods, entertainment and demonstrations. Whether your start on the north, south, east, or west entrances of the Fall Festival, we are sure you will enjoy your visit and we invite you back next year!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regular monthly meetings of the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive Association are held the third Wednesday of each month starting at 7 p.m. The Association meetings are held at the historic Red Brick School 271 West State Street Smithfield, Illinois. The Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive Association meetings are open to the public
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.