Music, food and farm animals: Webster Fall Festival offers old-fashioned fun


WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — The Webster Fall Festival is returning to Washtenaw County’s Webster Township for the first time since 2019.

The free, one-day event from 9:30 am to 6 pm Saturday, Sept. 24, will offer music, food, an auction, farm animals, hay rides, an aerial silks show, a ground fire show, blacksmith demonstrations and more at the corner of Farrell and Webster Church roads.

The event provides the community with “old-fashioned, family fun” geared toward children, Dave Polley, Webster Fall Festival chairperson, said. It is co-hosted by the Webster United Church of Christ and the Webster Township Historical Society.

The event kicks off with a live auction by Braun & Helmer Auction Service at 9:30 am A list of some of the auction items can be found here. A rummage sale follows the auction from 10:30 am to 5 pm in Scadin Barn.

Those who attend can expect musical performances starting at 11 am until 5 pm at Dieterle’s Corncrib Stage. The bands performing throughout the day include Pearl Street Band, Fiddler Pie, Foxtree and RFD Boys.

If someone is looking for a bite to eat, the festival will have food, like pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, popcorn and more.

Other new events for the 39th year of the festival include a new Webster Challenge Map Board, which uses 19th-century technology to ask roughly 20 historical questions about the township, Polley said.

Other historical events going on during the day include old-time baseball games, using rules from 1860, played by Chelsea Monitors Baseball Club and Union Baseball Club of Dexter, starting at 1:30 pm at the field north of the township hall’s parking lot.

The day will end by honoring the Rev. John Gardner, one of the founders of the fall festival in 1981. Polley said Gardner was pastor of the Webster United Church of Christ for 17 years, and is the last of the festival founders to be honored.

To learn more about the Webster Fall Festival or to find a complete list of events, visit its website or its social media page.

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