Mentone has been a mountain getaway for tourists since the 1800s. In October, bright sunshine and clear mountain air makes Mentone a good base for short side trips to nearby Desoto Falls and Little River Canyon National Preserve to see the fall colors surrounding these natural treasures. There are many other places and things to do including visiting the local stores and eateries.
On the third weekend in October, Mentone really blasts off as it hosts its 29th annual Colorfest 2011. The festival kicks off on the evening of Oct. 14, with a bonfire, dinner and music in the heart of downtown, Mentone. International jazz ensemble, Watters Felts Project will highlight the evening performing at the Mentone Inn Pavilion.
Brow Park, located just a few blocks north of the downtown area on the brow of the mountain overlooking the valley below, and the grounds of the Mentone Inn will host over 70 artists and craftmen who will be on hand to show and sell their work. Thinking ahead to the holidays that are just around the corner, you might want to pick up a few items for those who are impossible to buy for. Original art is always special.
The Mentone Springs Hotel will host the Colorfest Business Festival providing an opportunity for visitors to learn more about the many goods and services provided by local businesses.
Just east of the General Store on Highway 117, the Colorfest Children's Festival will be alive with a trout pond, jump houses, hamster balls, face paintings, pony rides and many other activities. You might even see an alpaca, or a juggler.
There will be music throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday for your enjoyment at all of the venues and plenty of good food to go around.
Speaking of good music, local entertainer, Leah Seawright, will highlight Saturday night's list of entertainment that begins with dinner and a performance by Nature's Way on the outdoor stage at the Mentone Inn. Better get there early for this one.
Sunday will be highlighted by a special performance by Mountain Breeze Equestrian Team at 1 p.m. on the vacant lot next to the Post Office. Their performance is unbelievable.
That's just a few of the great things going on in Mentone on Colorfest 2011 weekend. Mark your calendars and plan to be there.