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Duluth Fall Festival to offer parade, music, entertainment

In this 2012 file photo, festivalgoers attend the 29th annual Fall Festival held on the Duluth Town Green. The festival featured live music, dance performances, arts and crafts as well as a large selection of food.

In this 2012 file photo, festivalgoers attend the 29th annual Fall Festival held on the Duluth Town Green. The festival featured live music, dance performances, arts and crafts as well as a large selection of food.

If you go

• What: Duluth Fall Festival

• When: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

• Where: Duluth Festival Center, 3142 Hill St., Duluth

• Cost: Free

• For more information: Visit duluthfallfestival.com

DULUTH —Two weeks ago, the city of Duluth kicked off its fall festival season with a free concert featuring The Rupert’s Orchestra.

But now the time has arrived for the two-day Duluth Fall Festival, which returns on Saturday morning.

The event always begins with the grand parade, which marches at 10 a.m. on Main Street near the Monarch School, continues south and east to Ga. Highway 120, turns south to Buford Highway and ends at Hardy Industrial Boulevard.

This year’s honorary grand marshals are three returning military commanders who have marched through the streets of Duluth before.

The three include Director of Concept Developments Division Col. Ken Harvey (2003 parade), Deputy Commandant, Armor School at Fort Benning Col. John Hermeling (2008), and Chief of Tactics for the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning LTC Nelson Kraft (2011).

“I feel honored and humbled to serve as Honorary grand marshal,” Harvey said. “The dedication and effort that it takes to make the festival so amazing year after year is then extended to include soldiers and families from Fort Benning. It is humbling to feel that the tie between Duluth and the 1-15 (Infantry) has not only survived over nine years of war, but thrived and grown to a deeper bond.”

Newbie and leader of the pack is Commander of the 1-15 Battalion LTC Scott Mueller.

“I’m excited to experience for myself the tradition of our soldiers marching in the festival’s parade,” he said. “Learning from previous commanders of the genuine pride and admiration that Duluth has for our soldiers, I’ve come to understand how important this event is to Duluth and our 1-15 soldiers.”

After the parade, people can look through vendor booths, eat fried food, ride a carnival attraction or watch live entertainment.

The event continues Sunday morning with a 5K road race through downtown Duluth and continuous activities throughout the rest of the afternoon, including Worship on the Green, a worship service led by Duluth First United Methodist Church at 10 a.m.