It’s been fall for a couple of weeks now and it’s already time for the Fall Festival at Bur-Mil Park.

 This year, there’s an added attraction: A no-cost Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic.  Welcome to 2021.

County parks officials are promising that a good time will be had by all. Specifically, they say there will be “loads of fun activities to keep the whole family busy celebrating the autumn season,” and they add – a little redundantly – that the festival is “the perfect family-friendly community event that offers fun activities for children and adults alike.”

The Fall Festival at Bur-Mil Park will, not surprisingly, take place at Bur-Mill Park. 

That’s at 5834 Bur-Mil Club R0ad.  Just drive there and look for all the cars and revelers.  The festival will take place outdoors – it’s safer than indoors –  on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is free.

The festival will feature lots of businesses, organizations and artists peddling their services and wares – along with eight food vendors to keep the crowd fed. There will also be activities like face painting, bounce slides – and demonstrations of archery and fencing.

And what would a fall festival be without a hayride?  Yes, there will be a hayride.

Guilford County Assistant Park Supervisor Kim Luckett said this week that she’s very pleased there’s been a lot of cooperation.

 “We’re so grateful to all our vendors and community partners for their willingness to participate this year and we hope to see a large community turnout,” Luckett said. “We want everyone to feel safe coming to this year’s festival – so we’ve coordinated with Public Health to implement all health and safety protocols, and we’re adding extra precautions throughout the festival.”

Speaking of the coronavirus, the Guilford County Health Department will host a vaccine clinic at the event.  Anyone interested in getting vaccinated can register in advance online, but walk-ins will be accepted.

Masks aren’t required for the festival, but both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors are “strongly encouraged” to wear them, wash their hands a lot and keep at least six feet away from everyone else.

That may be hard to do on a hayride –especially since hayrides are great for cozying up with that special someone you have a hankering for.

For more information on the Fall Festival, visit or follow the department on Facebook@guilfordcountyparks.