Hamilton’s popular fall festival returns the last Saturday in October each year, with a variety of free activities for the entire family. Hosted by the Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Buttahatchee River Fall Festival is a one-day event boasting free family fun including a Civil War reenactment, arts and crafts, live music, a motorcycle and car show, a kids’ area, a tractor show showcasing classic and antique tractors, engines, and farm equipment, and more.
As festivalgoers arrive for the day full of activities, they will be greeted by hundreds of vintage beauties lining the streets of downtown Hamilton for the motorcycle, car and antique tractor show. Children’s activities and live music featuring gospel, country, bluegrass and rock will keep the crowd entertained throughout the day and shoppers can shop for special sales by local merchants and treasures among the arts and crafts vendors who will be selling a variety of items such as handmade traditional folk pottery, gourd art, bird houses, iron works, glass and handmade jewelry. Additional activities include a barbecue contest and a 5K and one mile run.
The Marion County Historical Society will host a Civil War reenactment, living history and period demonstrations at the Hamilton-Sullins House, located one block north of the Marion County Courthouse.
Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival is held in Hamilton, in and around the Court Square of the Marion County Courthouse and throughout the downtown area. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th avenues and 1st and 2nd streets will be closed for traffic.