Fort Riley Hosts Fall Festival

FORT RILEY, Kan. - Fort Riley's Fall Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 on Cavalry Parade Field and historic Main Post.

Attractions include technology and capabilities demonstrations, equipment displays, hands-on interactive activities, entertainment, historical tours and concessions.

And, new this year, Irwin Army Community Hospital will set up a wellness tent. Visitors can have their cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar checked at no cost. Additionally, Department of Defense affiliated personnel can receive their fall flu mist treatment.

Children age 7 and older can learn about safety gear and develop their All-Terrain Vehicle skills during the ATV rodeo.

A one-mile fun run will start at the Old Bill statue at 8:30 a.m. The route will take runners on a loop through historic Main Post.

The Historical and Archaeological Society of Fort Riley will sell whole apple pies and pie-by-the-slice from the B-side of the Custer House.
More than 1,800 apple pies have been prepared by volunteers.

On Cavalry Parade Field, a large expo tent will feature more than 60 vendors who will highlight Soldier training and readiness, support links for Soldiers and their Families, quality of life programs and activities and community partnership agencies.

Historical tours of the U.S. Cavalry Museum, 1st Infantry Division Museum, Custer House and self-guided walking tours of historic Main Post will be available.

Area veteran organizations will provide information about their activities in the veteran's tent on the parade field.

Emergency equipment will be on display to include police response teams, military working dog teams, emergency medical and fire rescue teams.

The Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard will provide equestrian and saber drills, mule wagon rides, and a cavalry encampment will be set up so visitors can see how troopers lived during the mid-1800s.

Period re-enactors will demonstrate blacksmithing, rope making, a mountain man camp and frontier Army Family life.
Mainstreet and the 1st Infantry Division Band will perform live music on stage throughout the day.

Activities including inflatable attractions, carnival rides, face painting, jugglers, and cyclists are some of the activities geared toward children. An obstacle course will allow children to use camouflage face paint and negotiate a series of obstacles en route to their final objective.

Interactive displays will showcase modern military equipment and weapons systems. Using blank ammunition, visitors will have an opportunity to fire an array of military weapons, engaging pop-up targets at various distances.

Besides the food, everything at the event to include parking is free.
The event is open to the public. Visitors will need to show photo identification and current proof of insurance and registration for their vehicle.

Handicap accessible parking will be available in the parking lot south of Cavalry Parade Field on Custer Avenue.