Bedford’s Fall Foliage Festival kicks off Saturday

The two weekends of Bedford’s Fall Foliage Festi­val will kick off Saturday morning.

The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 6 and 7 and Oct. 13 and 14, rain or shine.

Now in its 54th year, the event offers local arts, crafts, an antique car parade, kids’ activities and musical entertainment in downtown Bedford. More than 400 vendors will be at the festival.

Musical entertainment will be held at the gazebo at the square and includes performances by Blue Shades, Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five, Tim Vitullo, Black Diamond, Tom Watt “The Buffetman” and The Fruitcakes, Qiet, Matt Otis and The Sound, Chris LaRose and The Bedford County Players.

The antique car parade will start at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 and traditionally features more than 100 vintage cars in a processional that begins at Bedford Area High School and ends up at Penn Street.

Kids’ activities include scarecrow making, balloon art, teddy bear making, pony rides, face painting, shows by Middle Earth Children’s Theatre and an introduction to theater arts by Bedford County Players.

The Fall Foliage Festival ends with the crowning of the pageant queen on Oct. 13 in front of the courthouse from about 2:20 to 3 p.m.

Nine specially designated handicapped parking spaces have been reserved on both sides of South Thomas Street between Penn Street and Vondersmith Avenue, adjacent to Saint Thomas School. There are a total of 18 handicapped parking spaces for the event.

Official festival parking is available at the Bedford County Fairgrounds and Old Bedford Village at $7 per vehicle and includes a free shuttle ride with drop off at key festival intersections:

n Bus from Old Bedford Village stops at Penn and Richard streets.

n Bus from the fairgrounds stops at Penn and Thomas streets.

Shuttles run continually until 5:30 p.m. each day.

Additional street parking also may be available. Borough streets will be heavily patrolled for parking violations.

A full schedule of the festival’s events can be found at