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Fall Festival and Half Marathon

2014 Fall Festival at Clark Gardens

North Texas' Spiciest Festival!
October 4th, 2014 - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Fall Festival comes to life featuring music, dance and food from chili lovin' cultures. The festival is day full of fun, activities and entertainment for the whole family.

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The day's activities and events include:

The first run is at 8:00 am. The chili cook-off, children's activities, vendor plaza and entertainment takes place 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Each year on the first weekend of October, Clark Gardens comes alive. Scarecrows greet Garden visitors as they stroll through Scarecrow Storybook Village. Pumpkins of all sizes and shapes line the pathways, beautiful fall mums and fall asters bloom abundantly. Come, celebrate the fall season in the Gardens as we host our annual Fall Festival, the "Spiciest Festival Around!"

Festival activities kick off at 8:00 am on Saturday, October 4th with the annual Half Marathon and 5K presented by Palo Pinto General Hospital. Runners and walkers enjoy the scenic countryside of North Central Texas and the trails of Clark Gardens competing for cash prizes and beautifully hand-crafted trophies. See more on the half marathon and 5K, including registration and prizes...

The festival officially opens at 11:00 am. Clark Gardens Spiciest Festival Around sports a chili cook-off, music, food and entertainment highlighting Texas' chili lovin' cultures, salsa tasting, beer tasting and pairing, a children's activity area complete with clowns, games and face painting and a vendor promenade.

Vendors proudly display their wares as music plays from the tent. Chili contestants dish out their top secret concoctions, competing more for the bragging rights than the prizes, and each sure that their chili is the best.

On display in the Chapel are the photographic works of area photographers. Each has been entered in the Annual Clark Garden Photo Contest vying for cash prizes and the coveted People's Choice Award.

 Music & Entertainment

Canta Rhythm & Brass - While enjoying the Chili for Charity cook-off in the East Tent, Canta Rhythm & Brass will be performing for your listening pleasure.


Chili for Charity Chili for Charity - Chili Cook-Off

Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: East Tent at Clark Gardens
Chili is $3.00 per bowl
Winners Announced at 3:00 pm

Chili for Charity offers an awesome fundraising opportunity for nonprofit clubs or civic organizations, school groups, church groups or for individuals who care passionately about certain causes, such as local animal shelters, food banks, Relay for Life, or Alzheimer's Association. This is a fun and entertaining avenue to raise funds for your organization or cause. Register today. Limited spaces are available!

Chili Cook-Off Prizes
Cash prizes and awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and for Best Showman.

  • 1st place - $100
  • 2nd place - $75
  • 3rd place - $50
  • 1st Best Showman - $100
  • 2nd Best Showman - $50
  • People's Choice - $100
  • Hottest - $50
  • Best Red Chili - $50
  • Best Green Chili - $50

2013 Chili for Charity Cook-Off Winners - Student Social Work Association of Tarleton State UniversityPictured above: The 2013 Chili for Charity Cook-Off Winners
Student Social Work Association of Tarleton State University

Cash prizes will benefit the respective winning contestants' charity. The chili sales of each contestant are donated to their respective charity. Chili will sell for a minimum price of $3.00 per bowl, and if festival attendees wish to donate more to a contestant's charity, they are more than welcome to. All funds raised from the sale of chili will benefit each contestant's designated organization.

Questions about the Chili for Charity Cook-Off, contact Beverly: 940-682-4856,


 Scarecrow Storybook Village

Scarecrow Storybook Village

Scarecrow Storybook Village is an event to see through all of October and is able to be viewed at Spiciest Festival Around as well. This year the theme has been something everyone has been excited and talking about: Scarecrow "Storybook" Village. This village will be filled with everyone's favorite childhood storybook characters. Over twenty community organizations from all different areas have each worked together to make scarecrows of all themes from Humpty Dumpty to Captain Hook. Sit down with your family and read one of the childhood storybooks provided to experience this beautiful, fall day together. At the end of the day, family is what it is all about here at Clark Gardens.

Half Marathon and 5K Walk/Run presented by Palo Pinto General Hospital

Palo Pinto General HospitalThe race starts at 8:00 am. Proceeds benefit Clark Gardens outdoor education programs.

2014 marks the 6th year of the annual half marathon and 5K run/walk at Clark Gardens. The run starts and finishes in Clark Gardens. The race is on paved paths winding through beautiful tree lined paths both in Clark Gardens and on the Rails to Trails.

See more half marathon and 5K race information...


 Vendor Plaza - Shopping Opportunities

You will find a wide variety of items in the Vendor Plaza. You will find items for the garden, the home, clothing, art, information for the health-conscious, and all sorts of tasty foods to try.

Fall Festival is a great opportunity for exposure of your business. The forms at the link below provide all the vendor information.

[ pdfView/Print the Vendor Agreement Form and Guidelines ]

 Tour the Gardens

Fall photo by Paul Valentine

Fall is a beautiful time of year to enjoy the magical 35 acres of winding paths through stands of trees, gardens of roses and Texas native and adaptable plants. Meander through to view the waterfalls, lakes and lily ponds with geese and swans, G-scale model trains on 1,200 feet of track, along with a miniature world of historic towns.·


General Admission
General admission includes festival admission

  • $10 adult
  • $5 children (5-12 years old)
  • Children 4 and under free
  • No rainy day passes or reciprocal memberships honored at Festivals.


Presenting Sponsors

Palo Pinto General HospitalMineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce
Palo Pinto General Hospital | Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce

Crazy Water
Crazy Water
Gold Sponsors
Holiday Inn Express Peco Facet Texas Farm Bureau Insurance  
Silver Sponsors
Freeze Carpets Best Western Garner Store and Cafe anytimefitness w
Brazos Animal Hospital Crawford, Carter and Thompson, LLP Ol' Gringo Chile Company Adams Fashion Optical
Wade's Mineral Wells Propane Noon Lion's Club of Mineral Wells