ALTO PASS — Bald Knob Cross of Peace will host its annual Fall Colors at the Cross on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The event provides an opportunity to gather at one of the world’s largest crosses to enjoy the beauty of the region. Donations will be accepted at the gate with funds going toward the digging of a water well at the site.
The event will include vendors, food trucks and family activities.
“We are excited to once again welcome an anticipated 2000-plus people from throughout the Midwest for this signature event at Bald Knob Cross,” said Jeffrey Isbell, executive director of Bald Knob Cross of Peace. “We expect fall colors to be nearing peak during this time, and Bald Knob Mountain offers one of the most majestic views in the region.”
Bald Knob Cross of Peace is situated in the Shawnee National Forest near Alto Pass and towers above the landscape at a height of over 111 feet. After the inaugural Easter Sunrise Service in 1937, construction of the Cross began in 1959 with completion in 1963. The Cross attracts over 30,000 visitors annually from across the world, making it one of the most popular destinations in the region. The site is managed by Bald Knob Cross of Peace, Inc., a 501©3 charitable organization.
Fall Colors at the Cross is a fundraiser to build a much-needed water well on-site.
“Since the first Easter Sunrise Service in 1937, the Cross has had to depend upon hauled water to fill cisterns,” Isbell explained. “As the Cross plans to expand its grounds, a water well is critical for expansion.”
The expected cost of the project is $75,000. More than $25,000 has already been committed to this project.
Vendor space is still available starting at $25. The vendor application can be found at www.baldknobcross.com/news-events/fall-colors-vendor-app.