The season for autumn leaves, jack-o'-lanterns and cooler weather is here, which also indicates how swiftly the Graford Fall Festival is approaching. Monday, the week of Fall Festival launches with pumpkin decorating by each grade level of students. A jar will be placed next to the pumpkins throughout the week to collect pennies for votes. At the end of the week, the pennies will be tallied to determine which grade level wins the contest. The pumpkins will then be sold at the silent auction held at the Fall Festival. Located within Graford school, the Fall Festival will kick off with Coronation, which is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 25, followed by a costume parade and contest at 7. Carnival style booths will open from 7 to 9 and the silent auction will close and the raffle drawing will begin. Costumes are encouraged to be worn for participation in a costume parade, followed by a costume contest. Various student-led carnival booths will be located throughout the festival grounds. Several area residents and businesses have donated items for a raffle. Raffle tickets can be purchased directly from students as well as at the festival. Early voting will be held 5-8 p.m. in the library next Friday.