As the final details are lined out, the excitement and anticipation are beginning to grow as organizers prepare for the opening events of the annual Grape and Fall Festival.

As the final details are lined out, the excitement and anticipation are beginning to grow as organizers prepare for the opening events of the annual Grape and Fall Festival.
With a long and rich history celebrating the grape harvest and the fall season, the 79th annual festival offers something for every member of the family. Young and old alike will find entertainment and activities to wile away an evening or to take in a full day of events on Friday and Saturday.
The festival officially kicks off today with the pageant at 7 p.m. at Nelson Hart Community Hall. The fun continues throughout the week with 4-H exhibits, entertainment and the carnival at the fairgrounds. The grand finale is on Saturday when the community will step out to celebrate the theme of this year's festival, "How Sweet It Is" beginning with a street market in downtown St. James while the parade gets underway at 11: 00 a.m.
While the extended forecast calls for some rain throughout the weekend, it looks like even the weather will cooperate toward with end of the week with pleasant temperatures and partly sunny skies on tap for the weekend.
79th Annual Grape and Fall Festival Schedule of Events Wednesday, Sept. 5
3-8 p.m. LWJ Exhibit registration/set-up
Recreation Center (Exhibitors Only)
3:30-6:30 p.m. 4H Best Exhibit set-up
Recreation Center (Exhibitors Only)
7 p.m. Miss St. James Pageant
Nelson Hart Community Building
Thursday, Sept. 6
1 p.m. Fairgrounds Open
3-8 p.m. Check-in of 4-H/FFA Livestock Exhibits
3-9 p.m. LW James and 4-H Exhibits Open - Recreation Center
3-10 p.m. Carnival Opens, Wristband 3-6 p.m. and 7-10 p.m.
6-7 p.m. Steer Weigh-in
6 p.m. Small Animal Show, Livestock arena
6-10 p.m. BINGO (Knights of Columbus)
6:30 p.m. Family and Friends Trivia
Tournament and Golden Age Center Pie Sale and Auction – Community Building
6:30 p.m. Horseshoe Pitching Tournament
8-9 p.m. Hog Weigh-in
8-10 p.m. Craft Karaoke - Pavilion
Friday, Sept. 7
9 a.m. 4H/FFA Livestock Show
Noon Fairgrounds Open
12:30 p.m. St. James Schools Dismiss
1:30 p.m. Kids Games and Contests (Soccer Fields)
1-5 p.m. Carnival Open
Wristbands Available
1-9 p.m. LW James/4-H Exhibits Open
2-5 p.m. 4-H Demonstrations Exhibit Hall (Rec. Center) Session 1
5-8 p.m. Golden Age Center Opens-Pie and Ice Cream Sale
6-9 p.m. 4-H Demonstrations Exhibit Hall (Rec. Center) Session 2
6 p.m. Wine and Beer Garden Opens
6 p.m. Carnival Open
6-10 p.m. BINGO (Knights of Columbus)
6:30 p.m. Horseshoe Pitching Tournament
Nelson Hart Community Building
8 p.m. Live Entertainment, Wine and Beer Garden
Saturday, Sept. 8
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Street Market on the Plaza - Downtown St. James
9 a.m. Parade Line-up at Missouri Veteran's Home
10:30 a.m. Judging of Floats (Parade)
11 a.m. Grape and Fall Festival Parade Theme: "How Sweet It Is…"
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Missouri Veterans Home Classic Car Show
Noon Fairgrounds Open
1 p.m. Horseshoe Pitching Tournament
1-8 p.m. Golden Age Center Opens-Pie and Ice Cream Sale
2 p.m. Fun Dog Show, Rear Pavilion
1-9 p.m. LW James/4-H Exhibits Open
1-5 p.m. Carnival Open, Wristbands Available
3 p.m. Wine and Beer Garden Opens
3 p.m. Grape Stomp - Open to all - Pavilion
3 p.m. Presentation of Livestock Show Awards - Show Arena
3:30 p.m. Live Stock Sale - Show Arena
5 -10 p.m. BINGO (Knights of Columbus)
6 p.m. Ozark Cloggers – Back Pavilion
6-11 p.m. Carnival Open
6:30 p.m. Horseshoe Pitching Tournament
7 p.m. Dual Demolition Derby Fairgrounds Arena
8 p.m. Wine and Beer Garden with Live Entertainment
8 p.m. Livestock release
Sunday, September 9
11 a.m.-2 p.m. LWJ and 4H Exhibits pick-up, Recreation Center