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Darien Fall Fest is next weekend
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Art displays will be set up in the middle of Darien's streets for the festival. - photo by Photo provided.
The Darien Fall Fest will be from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. this Saturday. Admission is free. Activities will be set up on Broad Street, at the Ashantilly Center and at Fort King George Historic Site. There will be plenty of food and fun at the event, which highlights the area’s Scottish heritage and maritime legacy.
Festival-goers can try regional cuisine and desserts, browse the arts and crafts, check out a juried art show and shop vendor booths. More interactive art will be displayed on the lawn of the Old Jail Art Center on Highway 17.
This year, there will be an interactive pirate boat tour. The game lets participants join a band of pirates to try and seize the gold from Fort King George. The boat tour leaves from the Darien waterfront at 11 a.m., 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children.
Cute pooches will be decked out for the Doggy Day Parade on Broad Street at 10 a.m. Children’s activities will include a turkey race, a scavenger hunt, themed arts and crafts, and a potato sack race.
Kayak races will be held on a two-mile sprint course beginning at 10:30 a.m. Kayaks and canoes are available for rental onsite at the city boat ramp. The event fee is $15 for a single kayak or canoe and $25 for a tandem.
Explore the area on foot and register for the 5K run and bike tour. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. The course is flat and winds through historic west Darien. The fee is $15 for advance registration and $20 for race day registration. The five-mile bike tour begins at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Fort King George Drive and Highway 17. Bikers will pedal to Fort King George Historic Site, Black Island, Ashantilly Center and back to Darien.
Historian Buddy Sullivan will speak at the Ashantilly Center about the Thomas Spalding era of Ashantilly at 10 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., he’ll guide a walking tour of nearby St. Andrew’s Cemetery. A lime burn begins at 11 a.m. As the fire burns, oyster shells are reduced to lime, a key ingredient used in tabby construction favored by Spalding. The historic home will be open for tours.
Fort King George Historic Site will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission to the fort is $5 for adults, with reduced rates for children and seniors.
Live entertainment kicks off at 1 p.m. and continues through the afternoon. Performer musical styles include oldies, beach music, covers, blended blues, folk and rock, and Southern rock and roll.  The lineup includes Bill Owens, Emily Smith, Stewart and Winfield, and the Will Gore Band.
Chefs can vie for bragging rights of best crab stew at the 4 p.m. “Crab in a Crock” contest on the waterfront. There will be a wine tasting from 3- 6 p.m. Admission is $10 per person and includes six wines and h’ordeuvres.
Tour the scenic marshes by boat or helicopter, weather permitting. Ecotours leave the waterfront at 1 and 2:30 p.m. and cost $30 per person. See an aerial view of Darien with a chopper ride, which costs $20 per person.
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