Something For Everyone At Folk Festival
Whether you're interested in Massey Harris tractors, the intricate stitching of handmade quilts or just a home-cooked meal and a sampling of baked goods, the 2008 Fulton Fall Folk Festival is sure to offer something to please all in attendance no matter what their age.
After receiving good feedback from attendees at last year's first Youth Day held in McConnell Park, Youth Day will again return to the courthouse square in McConnellsburg to kick off the three-day festival scheduled for October 17 through October 19. The child-oriented feature set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday will offer a variety of hands-on activities such as fall crafts as well as face painting and magic shows at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Meanwhile, local historians will open the Fulton House to showcase the permanent collection of the Fulton County Historical Society in addition to a loaned exhibit of tools and furniture dating back to the 20th century workings of cabinetmakers Luther and Michael Black. Historians will also feature three area homes and the Fulton County Jail in their annual local house tour Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Those interested in art can take in the Fulton County Art Club Exhibit located in the community room of the former medical center Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or the Fulton County Quilt Club quilt show and contest from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Fulton Theatre. The art exhibit can also be viewed Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon on; the quilt show is also open Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and again on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Local artisans Glen and Gerry Emerick will be showing off their wares all three days of the festival at Trails End Woodcrafts located in Clear Ridge off McKinleyville Road. In addition to the intarsia artworks and woodworking of the Emericks, watercolors, gemstone jewelry and various artwork will be available.
Sure to get you on your feet and moving, the annual Dale Gordon Memorial 5K run/walk will get under way with a 7:30 a.m. registration Saturday in the square at Needmore. Medals are awarded to the category winners and cash prizes of up to $300 are given to the top sponsors.
Anyone looking for a more laidback means of spending their Saturday are urged to check out "Vittles Along the Trail" hosted at the nearby Fulton County Community Christian School in Needmore. The all-you-can-eat country breakfast will feature a variety of items such as homemade buckwheat cakes, sausage, biscuits, sausage gravy and more. While there is no charge for the breakfast, donations are gladly accepted.
The Christian School will also be sponsoring a car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Needmore Bible Church for any automobiles, including antiques, hot rods, customs, classics, trucks and motorcycles. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. with trophies awarded at 3 p.m.
The Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church located in the southern most portion of the county will reopen its doors to the public on Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can walk through the county's oldest church, which was organized about 1745, and view signatures of Union troops hospitalized there from January through early March 1862.
In addition, local author John Mentzer will be on hand Friday at Tonoloway to discuss his research and recently published book "Tonoloway - If Its Walls Could Talk" and offer slide presentations at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tonoloway is located just north of the Mason-Dixon line along Thompson Road (Route 655).
In the northern section of Fulton County, the village of Waterfall will be a showcase of good food and good entertainment. Saturday's activities include a candy scramble at noon, pet parade at 12:30 p.m., fashion show at 1:30 p.m., special music at 2 p.m. and a raffle drawing at 3:30 p.m. Displays in Waterfall include a historical both, information from the Coal Miner's Museum, antique Ford tractors, a Christmas village display; while demonstrations will range from felting and open-kettle popcorn to hair painting.
Not far away in Burnt Cabins, buckwheat and regular pancakes along with sausage will be whipped up for Burnt Cabins Grist Mill visitors, who can also take in a craft and flea market, tour the mill and listen to a little music offered by country, bluegrass and gospel artists.
Sure to line the streets of Mc- Connellsburg Borough, the Fall Folk Festival parade of tractors will get under way at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and wind its way through town to the Fulton County Fairgrounds, where tractors and equipment will be put on display aside daily demonstrations of grain threshing, shingle making, lumber sawing and straw bailing. Horse pulls and lawn mower races will also be feature attractions at the fairgrounds throughout the weekend. Daily admission is $5. Children ages 12 and under are free.