Fund Established for Kewanna Fall Festival

23 Sep Fund Established for Kewanna Fall Festival

From Left: Kewanna H.E.A.R.T. Treasurer Beverly Baldwin, Community Foundation Director of Development Brian Johnson, festival organizers Tom Mate, Luke Mate, and Diane Mate, Kewanna H.E.A.R.T. President Jeff Finke

A fund has been established through the Fulton County Community Foundation (FCCF) by Kewanna’s H.E.A.R.T. for the Kewanna Fall Festival. The fund is called the Kewanna Fall Festival Fund in honor of Luke Mate and was created in honor of Tom Mate’s son. The father and son team founded the revived Kewanna Fall Festival in 2003. The fund will help to ensure the success of the festival every year.

The Kewanna Fall Festival was previously held each year for decades, but its existence ceased for many years before Tom Mate and his son decided to revive it. Tom and Luke were traveling to flea markets, carnivals, and fairs with their auction/resale business, Luke’s Products, when Luke mentioned that he wished they had a festival in Kewanna that could be an affordable event which families could look forward to.

This spurred Tom to find a way to revive the Kewanna Fall Festival. Thanks largely to the efforts of the father and son team, the Kewanna Fall Festival returned and has been held during the last weekend in September since 2003. During this fun-filled weekend, the town with a population of several hundred is host to thousands of visitors.

Tom has made it his goal to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy the festival, regardless of socioeconomic status. Therefore, he has obtained sponsors every year so that each day of the festival, there are various rides during different parts of the day that can be enjoyed for free. No matter when a person visits the festival, there are always activities they can enjoy free of charge. Tom has also found sponsors for food so that all visitors are able to enjoy a meal at the festival with their family, no matter their income.

Visitors of the festival are able to attend a “Tribute to Hometown Heroes” parade each year on Saturday. The parade features a different person or organization that has worked to serve the community. There is also an annual mushball tournament at the festival, as well as a circus, live bands, and much more.

The Kewanna Fall Festival has held different special events each year, including a professional lumberjack show and a historical reenactment village. The festival is one that can be enjoyed by all. This year’s festival will run from September 28-30.

To support the Kewanna Fall Festival through the FCCF, visit nicf.org and click “Donate.” Under “Designate Your Gift,” choose the Kewanna Fall Festival Fund in honor of Luke Mate.