All week long, Guilford County government officials have been touting the county’s Fall Festival at Bur-Mill Park on Saturday, Oct. 9 – but there will also be another exciting Fall Festival that same day – one that draws 4,000 or 5,000 people every year.  

On Oct. 9, the Annual Gibsonville Fall Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Gibsonville Fall Festival will have all the things you’ve come to expect from a complete festival in autumn – food vendors, music, artesian crafts for sale, bounce houses for the kids, a rock-climbing wall, booths with businesses offering their services, and plenty of other fun and interesting things that will help revelers enjoy the day.

While the Guilford County Park’s Department’s festival at Bur-Mil Park has a hayride and the Gibsonville festival does not, organizers of the Gibsonville festival say there will be plenty of attractions.

There will, for instance, be 120 booths, six food trucks and even a magician and a bagpipe player.

There will also be two live bands. The Too Phat Brass Band will be playing New Orleans-style music, and Capt’n Dar and Friends – a Jimmy Buffett cover band.

The festival will also feature five bounce houses and two climbing walls.  There will be a small charge for those activities, but for parents it’s probably well worth the money to keep the kids occupied for a little while.

The festival will take over Gibsonville’s downtown.  A stretch of road will be blocked off to cars.

If you have trouble choosing between the event, you can take the lead of Guilford County Commissioner Mary Beth Murphy, who encouraged people to try out both.  At the Board of Commissioners’ Thursday, Oct. 7 meeting, Murphy, during a time at the end of the meeting for commissioners comments, noted that both festivals were taking place this weekend and she gave each festival proper billing.