The 58th Annual Plymouth Community Fall Festival will return to downtown Plymouth this weekend with its usual lineup of good eats, entertainment and carnival rides, drawing an estimated 50,000 people to the area over three days.
Everyone's favorite treats like the Plymouth Taste Fest, Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Rotary AM All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner and Rotary PM Chicken BBQ ensure nobody will go hungry this weekend.
In fact, the only new thing this year is Board President Eric Joy. Although this is Joy's first year as president, he is no stranger to the festival, having attended the event his entire life.
"I first got involved through my father, the term I like to use is 'volun-told,'" Joy said. "I was volunteered by my father, who was a Rotary PM member, to help with the Chicken BBQ."
Joy helped out the the annual rotary fundraiser for about five years before joining the organization himself. He continued to help out until he was asked to join the Fall Festival Board in 2007.
Joy said he began planning for the Fall Festival back in February.
"I've lived in Plymouth my entire life," he said. "My parents actually live in the same three-block radius that they have since I was 3-years-old and now I'm 39. I've literally lived here my entire life and I've gone to the Fall Festival my entire life. Its' just one of those things that makes Plymouth, Plymouth."
Joy said his favorite thing is watching the many different community groups work together.
"They all work independently in their booths to raise money for their individual organizations, but if one of the other ones need a hand with anything, the other groups will help out at the drop of a hat," Joy said. "So it's just nice to watch them work as independents and as one grand unit that is the Fall Festival."
In addition to the food events, the Optimist Pet Show, Antique and Classic Car Show, Craft Show, Bingo Night and the carnival midway will be returning this weekend.