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South Whitley Fall Festival

The South Whitley Fall Festival began in 1975, sponsored by the local chamber of commerce. It was formally known as the BED RACE FESTIVAL. Bed racers from all over the region would come to South Whitley for our annual event. We coined the phrase “Bed Race Capital of the World”, and started the trend of bed racing throughout the area. Parker Brothers game, Trivial Pursuit, asked the question, where the Bed Race Capital of the World could be found.

Sadly, the festival came to an end in 2009 because of the lack of volunteers to take on the event.

In 2016 the festival was brought back to life! Many young volunteers have taken on the event to share the experience with their children. The festival continues to grow as we celebrate life in South Whitley. The South Whitley Fall Festival brings our community together to share our traditions, values, and hospitality.

Thank you to our many volunteers that make the weekend possible!

2018 Donut Run

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 13th

6 PM – Kiddie King/Queen Contest – SW Community Pre-School– Gazebo


Friday, September 14th

3:00 PM – Festival Midway Open

7:00-11:00 PM – Haunted Trail, Gale Hagan Park

7:00-11:00 PM – Hayrides to Gale Hagan Park

8:00 PM – Family Movie in the ParkHocus Pocus

9:00-11:00 PM – * Haunted Hay Ride for adults and older children


Saturday, September 15th

8:30 -4:00 – 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, Town Park, Sponsor Whitko High School

9:00 AM – 9:00 PM – Festival Midway Open

10:30 AM – Big Wheel Races, State Street

11:30 AM – Donut Race, Front Street, Sponsor So. Whitley Parks

11:30 AM – Kiddie Tractor Pull, State Street

1:30 PM – Kiddie Parade, State Street, Sponsor Rainbow Pre-School

2:00 PM – Crossroads Bank Parade, State Street, Sponsor Crossroads Bank

3:00 – 5:00 PM Trivia, Gazebo, Sponsor SW Public Library

3:00 PM – *Hot Dog Eating Contest, State Street

3:00 PM – *Big Ball Relay, State Street

3:30 PM – *Pickle Spit, State Street

4:00 PM – *Great Egg Toss, State Street

4:30 PM – *Pie Eating Contest, State Street

5:00 PM – *Tug-O-War, State Street

6:00 PM – Bingo, fire station, Sponsor Cleveland Township Fire Department

7:00 PM – 12:00 AM – Beer/Wine Tent, Town Park, Sponsor Mainview Restaurant

9:00 PM – Midnight – Live music Shattered Shotglass, Gazebo


Sunday, September 16th

9:00 AM – Car Show, State Street

10:00 – 5:00 PM – Festival Midway Open

9:00 AM – Outdoor Church Service, Market/Columbia Str, South Whitley United Methodist Church

11:00 AM – Whitko Gospel Choir

2:00 PM – Mighty Duck Race, Town Park

3:00-4:30 –Talent Contest, Gazebo

8:00 PM – Festival Slide Show


*Children’s Train Rides – Continuous through the festival

*Children’s Inflatables – Continuous through the festival



(*) Denotes Participation Fee $1.00

Thank you to the many sponsors that made this year’s festival possible.

Parkview Whitley Hospital

Lutheran Health Network

Sweetwater Sound

Crossroads Bank

Ag Plus

Hughes Insurance Group

AMVETS Post 2919

South Whitley Parks

Whitko High School

South Whitley PTO


Mainview Restaurant