Fall Festival hits decade mark
For the 10th straight year, the Odessa Parks and Recreation Department welcomes the Fall Festival to McKinney Park.
The free fall festival is set to take place between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at 625 West Pool Road.
Brian Barker, a recreation and special events coordinator for the Odessa Parks and Recreation Department, will experience his first fall festival in Odessa.
“Since I’ve been here, there have been a few events and I’ve gotten to see the community come out,” said Barker, who previously worked in the Houston suburb of Missouri City. “As far as a large scale event like this, I haven’t seen anything like this. It will be fun to see not only Odessa, but people from the surrounding area come out to this event. I’m definitely looking forward to that.”
XPogo Stunt Team, the big act for the fall festival, is scheduled to perform at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the court by the games.
The fall festival, which has Chevron as its title sponsor, is free. The only costs at the festival will be for food and drink. Barker said it’s important to keep the costs low.
“It provides a little extra value for living in Odessa,” he said. “We try to do everything free or little to no cost. We are excited to give families the opportunity to go out for a day, enjoy some entertainment and eat some good food.”
In addition to the XPogo Stunt Team, the fall festival will also have Crescent Circus, Kids Celebration Games Shows and Professor Wow’s Fun Science Show and Puppies of Penzance Dog Show. A pie eating contest is set to take place between Odessa High School and Permian High School at 6 p.m. on the main stage. There will also be a public Jell-O eating contest and hot air balloon rides.
The fall festival is one of the biggest events of the calendar year for the Odessa Parks and Recreation Department. Recent fall festivals have drawn more than 6,000 people.
Due to the large crowd, parking will be limited. There’s a free shuttle service from the parking of Ector Middle School, 8109 West Clements St., and the MCH Clinic across the street.
“We are hoping for big crowds out there,” Barker said. “… We are excited about it.”