Orion Fall Festival begins this weekend. The weather will be perfect, meaning no one should be home complaining about nothing to do. Get out and enjoy the fun.

The 45th annual Orion Fall Festival opens today.
Below is the schedule for the weekend. All events will be held in Central Park, Orion, unless otherwise noted. In case of inclement weather, band shell events will be held at the Methodist Activity Center behind Orion United Methodist Church. (Actually, the weather forecast is perfect for the entire weekend.)
Orion Fall Festival sponsors most of the events. Organizations staging events during the festival are noted.
Friday, Sept. 1
4:30 p.m. Pie baking contest registration at band shell, Central Park
5 p.m. Carnival rides begin
5 p.m. Food tent opens at Lions picnic shelter, Central Park
5 p.m. Arts and crafts Ttents open
5 p.m. Ice cream social begins near Lions picnic shelter (sponsored by Orion Area Churches Association)
5:30 p.m. Pie judging begins at band shell, Central Park
6:30 p.m. Pie auction with Stenzel Auction Services at band shell, Central Park
8 p.m. Street dance with Moonshine Run (sponsored by Belly-Up)
8 p.m. to midnight. Street dance with Funktastic Five (sponsored by Sidetracked Saloon)
9:30 to 11:30 p.m. High school Overtime party at Methodist Activity Center (DJ Courtesy Don Rahn)
10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dance inside with .J Jazzy Jeff (sponsored by Sidetracked Saloon)
10 p.m. Carnival rides close
Saturday, Sept. 2
7:30 a.m. Charger 10-Mile and 5K runs at Rock Island Conservation Club, Big Island Road, Milan (sponsored by Cornbelt Running Club)
8 to 9 a.m. Bike/Hike 4Sight family bike rides and walks/runs (sponsored by Orion Lions Club)
9 a.m. Rummage sale at St. Paul Lutheran Church (sponsored by the church)
9 a.m. Food tent opens at Lions picnic shelter, Central Park
9 a.m. Arts and crafts tents open
10 a.m. Candy in the Hay (candy hunt for children near band shell, Central Park
10 a.m. Children’s monkey bridge (sponsored by Orion Boy Scout Troop 123)
10:30 a.m. Children’s tractor pull at Kirk, Huggins and Esterdahl parking lot
Noon. Carnival rides open
Noon. 6 vs. 6 Sand volleyball tournament (sponsored by Sidetracked Saloon)
1 p.m. Parade from Orion High School west on 11th Avenue, south on Fourth Street and east on 12th Avenue. Theme: Lions Club — A Century of Service. Grand marshal: Jim DeBaillie.
2 p.m. Bags tournament (sponsored by Belly Up)
3 p.m. Miss Main Street Orion pageant at band shell, Central Park (sponsored by Main Street Orion)
3 p.m. Strawberry shortcake dessert served near band shell, Central Park (sponsored by Main Street Orion)
5 p.m. Root beer floats served near the band shell, Central Park (sponsored by Main Street Orion)
5 p.m. Pork chop dinner served at food tent near Lions picnic shelter, Central Park
 4:31 p.m. Registration for “Minute to Win It” at the band shell , Central Park
5:01 p.m. “Minute to Win It” for children ages 8 to 15 at band shell, Central Park
7 p.m. “Deal or No Deal” at the band shell, Central Park (sponsored by Orion Mart, Harry Singh)
8 p.m. to midnight. Street dance with Cheese Pizza band (sponsored by Sidetracked Saloon)
8 p.m. Street dance with Lynn Allen (sponsored by Belly-Up)
8:30 to 11 p.m.Middle school party with DJ Don Rahn at Orion United Methodist Activity Center
10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dance inside with DJ Jazzy Jeff (sponsored by Sidetracked Saloon)
10 p.m. Carnival rides close
Sunday, Sept. 3
7 to 10:30 a.m.Pancake, sausage, and biscuit and gravy breakfast served at food tent near Lions picnic shelter (sponsored by Orion Lions Club)
8 a.m. Nondenominational church service with gospel recording artists The Chosen Ones, band shell, Central Park (sponsored by Orion Area Ministers Association)
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children’s monkey bridge (sponsored by Orion Boy Scout Troop 123)
Noon to 4 p.m. Car show on Fourth Street and 11th Avenue
Noon. Food tent opens at Lions picnic shelter
Noon. Arts and crafts tents open
Noon. Carnival rides open
Noon. Cub Scout Soap Box Derby (sponsored by Orion Cub Scout Pack 123)
1 to 4 p.m. Strawberry shortcake dessert served near band shell, Central Park (sponsored by Main Street Orion)
1:30 to 4 p.m. Orion’s Got Talent Show at band shell, Central Park (sponsored by Main Street Orion)
4:15 p.m Orion Community Band at band shell, Central Park (sponsored by Main Street Orion)
5 p.m. Festival raffle drawing at band shell, Central Park
5:30 p.m. Fall Fiesta with walking tacos and dessert at Methodist Activity Center (sponsored by Orion United Methodist Youth Missions and TLC Pre-School)
6 p.m. Festival events, food tent and carnival close in Central Park
 6:30 p.m. Comedy Sportz featuring Guys with Ties (free admission) at Methodist Activity Center (sponsored by the church’s youth group)
8 p.m. to midnight. Street dance outside with Dirt Road Rockers (sponsored by Sidetracked Saloon)
10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dance inside with DJ Jazzy Jeff (sponsored by Sidetracked Saloon)
Monday, Sept. 4
8 a.m. Clean up day in the village. Volunteers are welcome to meet in Central Park.