The Ashland Park Board has made a change in plans for this year’s Fall Festival.

The board originally scheduled to revive the festival as a fundraiser for the city parks after several years of not holding it. Set to be a one-day event with vendors, entertainment and children’s activities held on Oct. 20, a Facebook event had already been created and vendors began showing interest.

After hearing that a hot air balloon festival was scheduled for the same weekend, the board had to come up with another idea. They feared that competing with the balloon festival would lessen the draw to their festival.

A decision was made at April’s park board meeting to partner with Aerial Advantage, the company behind the hot air balloon festival, to combine the two events into one weekend of fun for the Ashland community. Aerial Advantage, located in Columbia, approached the city and park board and offered to work with the town to bring a bigger event for the city.

“For us, it was a no-brainer,” park board member Ernie Wren said.

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By Briley Eilers