=As the days get a little chillier, the walnuts, or Black Gold, get riper on the trees. Walnut harvesting time is growing near and Alton's 24th Annual Black Gold Walnut Festival welcomes the harvest in on Oct. 3 on the square from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be a pumpkin carving contest, a Best Walnut Pickin' Costume contest and a best decorated booth contest.
Residents and visitors can also walk in the cookie walk. Along with some sweet treats, what's a walnut festival without walnuts? A cooking contest, which requires one of the ingredients to be walnuts, will also be held.
There will also be bike giveaways and numerous raffles.
Alton R-IV Elementary and High School students will have music performances.
Craft booths and food vendors will be available, and live music will be played throughout the day.
K-Kountry 95 will have a live remote from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and some lucky person will be named Walnut Idol.
Mustang Amusements will also have their entertainment available.
For more information or to reserve booth space call Sherry Fohey at 778-1773.