2009-10-15 / Front Page

Something For Everyone At Fall Folk Festival

Festival to kick off Friday
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Offering a little something for everyone ranging from the muchanticipated Return of the Prairie Gold Convention through the feature Minneapolis-Moline tractors and equipment to Thelma Kincaid’s quilts stitched with love and the apple butter boil at the Greenhill Sewing Club, the 2009 Fulton Fall Folk Festival will get under way Friday with a full lineup of events for all ages and interests.

Expanding from prior years activities and in coordination with Youth Day the Little Folks Festival will be held across from the new McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. equipment building starting at noon and concluding at 5 p.m. on Friday. The child-oriented event hosted and organized by Fulton County Center for Families will feature a variety of kids games and activities, such as pumpkin bowling and bean bag toss, corn games and a straw maze.

Meanwhile, local history buffs will open the Fulton House to showcase the permanent collection of the Fulton County Historical Society in addition to a tribute to Abraham Lincoln and a loaned exhibit of children’s toys. Historians will also feature two homes near McConnellsburg, two in southern Fulton County and a rural church during 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 newly renovated Fulton County Library daily Friday through Sunday or the Fulton County Quilt Club quilt show and contest held Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Fulton Theatre.

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 artwork and woodworking of the Emericks, gemstone jewelry, decorative headbands, hand-painted eggshell ornaments and candles will be available as created by local artisans.

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 in Needmore. Medals are bestowed on the category winners and cash prizes of up to $300 are given to the top sponsors.

Anyone looking for a more laid-back means of spending their Saturday are urged to check out all-you-can-eat country breakfast hosted at the nearby Fulton County Community Christian School in Needmore. The breakfast will feature a variety of items, such as handmade buckwheat cakes, sausage, biscuits, homefries, sausage gravy and more. While there is no charge for the breakfast, donations are gladly accepted.

Whether rain or sunshine decides to grace the skies on Saturday, 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. Additional stands ranging from food to bake sales items will be available for purchase during the car show.

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 noon to 4 p.m. Visitors can walk through the county’s oldest church, which was organized in approximately 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 presentations at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. A follow up presentation is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. Tonoloway is located just north of the Mason-Dixon Line along Thompson Road (Route 655).

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in McConnellsburg will be celebrating its 175th anniversary with an open house, light refreshments, church history displays and the plot plan for the church cemetery. The open house is set for Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

In the northern section of Fulton County, the village of Waterfall will showcase great food and good entertainment. Saturday’s activities include a candy scramble at noon, pet parade at 12:30 p.m., special news at 1 p.m., fashion show at 2 p.m. and a raffle drawing at 3 p.m. Displays in Waterfall include a historical booth, information from the Coal Miner’s Museum, antique Ford tractors, a Christmas village display, and demonstrations will range from felting and open-kettle popcorn to hair painting.

Not far away at the Grist Mill in Burnt Cabins, buckwheat and regular pancakes along with sausage will be whipped up for 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.

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 Minneapolis Moline tractors and equipment will be on display aside daily demonstrations on grain threshing, shingle making, lumber sawing and straw bailing. Daily admission is $5 (except on Friday admission is free until 1 p.m.). Children ages 12 and under are free.

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