Waldo Fall Festival celebrates 27 years

Fall falls on Monday. For the 27th year, Waldo celebrates the change of season with the Waldo Fall Festival on Saturday at 75th and Wornall.

PHOTO: The Tap-a-Thon at the Waldo Fall Fest is led by Betty Tillotson and Lorna Sheer. 

Waldo Fall Festival to Celebrate 27 Years

By Christina McDonough Hunt

The Waldo Area Business Association will celebrate 27 years of the Waldo Fall Festival on Saturday, September 21st.  The festival is best known for its family fun activities, local music performances, neighborhood food trucks, and its variety of vendors.  

This year, the festival will feature family activities such as face painting, trampolines, train rides, and more.  Entertainment will feature performances by area musicians and choral groups, including the crowd favorite, the Tap-A-Thon led by Betty Tillotson and Lorna Sherer.  The food vendors will include Humdinger, Polar Oasis, Betty Rae’s Ice Cream, Jerusalem Cafe, Jovito’s Italian Cafe, and Russell Stover.  

The festival began as a “thank you” to the Waldo neighborhood from local business owners. Originally, it was a weekend-long event, but changed to a one day event a few years later.  The Waldo Area Business Association continues to organize the festival.

Natalie Nelson, Greg Rizer and Debby Allmon at the Waldo Fall Festival. Photo courtesy Waldo Area Business Association

“Whether it is dining, dancing or taking a stroll down the Trolley Track Trail, Waldo neighbors, businesses and schools make our little pocket of the city thrive,” said Natalie Nelson, Waldo Area Business Association. 

 Admission is free; however, visitors are encouraged to bring cash for rides and food trucks. The festival will take place on the corner of 75th and Wornall from 10am – 5pm.  

Event details and schedule are available at WaldoKC.org.

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