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.
While the Buttahatchee River Fall Festival doesn’t officially get underway until 9 a.m., festival goers can arrive as early 8 a.m. for the Motorcycle, Car, and Antique Tractor Show where hundreds of vintage beauties will fill the streets of downtown Hamilton. Arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities and ongoing music featuring gospel, country, bluegrass, and rock will keep the crowd entertained throughout the day.
During the festival, the Marion County Historical Society hosts a Civil War reenactment, living history and period demonstrations at the Hamilton-Sullins House, located one block north of the Marion County Courthouse. Things could get a little heated with the Hamilton Police Department’s barbeque cook-off where prize money is up for grabs. There is also a 5K River Run hosted by the Hamilton Kiwanis Club beginning at 9 a.m.
Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 4 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.