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50 Fantastic Missouri Fall Festivals You Won't Want to Miss

Kelsey B, BLT- the blog for lifestyle and travel - September 4, 2015

Celebrate autumn with these family-friendly events all over the state.


If thinking about things like roadsides lined with orange, red and yellow trees, hot apple cider, and cozy over-sized sweaters makes you excited, you’re going to want to keep reading.

Missouri is the king of fall festivals, with dozens of harvest-themed events that invite festivalgoers to partake in the many enjoyable things about fall...

Fall Into Arts: Tom Johnson Offers Advice to Budding Artists

Jill Hyde, Daily Dunklin Democrat - September 4, 2015

Fall Into Arts Festival is just around the corner and local artists are beginning to preparing their exhibits and put the finishing touches on their work. Tom Johnson, a member of the Cotton Boll Artist League and also the newest board member of KAFTA, is once such person.


Johnson is originally from Farmington but has been a resident of Kennett for the last 17 years. He works for Frito Lay and has a route between Kennett and Hayti. While attending the College of Ozarks in Branson,where he received his degree in business and marketing, Johnson met his wife Beth. The couple have been married for 17 years and have two sons.


Johnson began painting about five years ago. "My wife's grandmother is a fabulous china painter and my aunt, Judy Smith, is an accomplished artist," Johnson said. They were the inspiration behind his decision to begin to paint. "I had the general idea in my mind of what I wanted to paint for my first painting. It was a simple mountain scene. My wife and I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased a starter paint kit and canvas. Everyone seemed pretty pleased with the result."...

LEGO Activity Zone & Competition New to this Year's Festival!

Daily Dunklin Democrat - August 29, 2015

A special activity for children and youth will be held during the Kennett Alliance for the Arts' Fall Into Arts Festival to be held Saturday, September 12th, in Downtown Kennett, MO. Youth will have the opportunity to play with a core set of Lego Blocks, along with other blocks and sets. The LEGO area will be set up in the Opera House and will be supervised by the KHS Robotics Club members.


Youth wanting to participate in the LEGO Activity Zone will be given a LEGO LearnToLearn Core Set that comes with the components needed to solve a variety of activities presented in the curriculum pack. The kits carefully chosen elements include a selection of colorful basic bricks and specialty pieces, two mini-­figures, and a baseplate, as well as a turntable and hinge so students can create models with movement....

Fall Into Arts Competitions Information

Daily Dunklin Democrat - August 26, 2015

The Fall Into Arts Committee is reminding everyone about the competition opportunities for this year's Fall Into Arts festival. The 2015 event will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12-13, and will include a mini film/video competition and an original LEGO competition.


Interested persons can submit entries at the Kennett Palace Theater. All video entries are due by Sept. 5. LEGO entries are accepted until Sept. 9.


There will be a youth and adult category in each of the competitions. Awards and prize money will be presented to the winners during the Film Festival on Sunday, Sept. 13. First through third place will be awarded in each category...

LEGO Competition Part of Fall Into Arts

Laura Ford, Daily Dunklin Democrat - August 21, 2015

The Kennett Alliance for the Arts (KAFTA) is hosting its sixth annual Fall Into Arts Festival on September 11-13, and this year they have some new activities. One is the LEGO Activity Zone and Competition, and it is not just for kids.


According to Mariann Wright, festival coordinator, the organization is excited to feature the new addition. It is a special activity for children and youth to be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, and will be set up in the Opera House on the Square. Youth will have the opportunity to play with a core set of Lego blocks, along with other donated blocks and sets, and the event will be supervised by the Kennett High School Robotics Club members.


Robotics competitions are very popular and have spread worldwide, and some Kennett High School and Middle School students have joined them by creating their own teams. In elementary and middle school competitions, the LEGO ® Education Robotic Kits are used by teams to build their robots. The age of teams that usually use these kits are grades K-3 and grades 4-8.


KAFTA board member Libby Mobley said that Jill Mobley, who over the past several years worked with the KHS Robotics Club, helped to encourage the team to participate in the LEGO Activity Zone and Competition. "We thought it would be a good idea to include the activity in order to perhaps gain some attention to the Fall Into Arts festival," ...

6th Annual Fall Into Arts Festival Sept. 11-13

Daily Dunklin Democrat - August 8, 2015

The Kennett Alliance for the Arts (KAFTA) is hosting its sixth annual Fall Into Arts Festival on September 11-13, 2015. This year's festival has a brand new format with an expanded film component. The festivities will kick-off Friday evening, Sept. 11, with a production by the SEMO Little Theater group. The art/craft show will be taking place on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and live music and food will run until 7:00 p.m.


On Sunday, Sept. 13, the Palace Theater will host the film festival. Specially selected films and discussions will run from noon-6:30 p.m. As always, all musical, theatrical, and film performances are free for all. So mark your calendar and plan to be in Kennett on Sept. 11-13.


KAFTA also invites all food vendors, artists/crafters and photographers in the area to participate in this year's festivities... 

KAFTA to hold annual Fall Into Arts Festival

Daily Dunklin Democrat - July 8, 2015

KAFTA also invites all food vendors, artists/crafters and photographers in the area to participate in this year's festivities. Fall Into Arts is a great venue for artists to introduce their products and show off their work. There are vendor spaces available both indoors and outdoors. The price for a space for the Saturday art show & festival is $30.


Information about the festival and becoming a vendor can be found on the KAFTA website at For more information, contact Mariann Wright, Festival Coordinator at or call 573-344-4223...

KAFTA on the Web!


Check out these great websites that highlight Festivals, Art, Music, & More!

Missouri Arts Council- MAC features artists' opportunities that are taking place in Missouri, have been created by a Missouri organizations, or have a strong Missouri link.  KAFTA and Fall Into Arts are happy to be featured in the Artists' Oppertunities Listing. 


 My Fairs and Festivals- This site helps its visitors find informaion on all types of Fairs and Festivals taking place around the country.


Top Events USA- This site blogs about the top events across the USA.


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