2009-10-22 / Front Page

Rain, Cold Dampen Fall Festival

Parade was shortest in record books
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

The storied steam engines, always a crowd-pleaser during the annual fall folk festival, rumble up the rain-soaked streets of McConnellsburg on Saturday morning during a parade shortened by inclement weather. The storied steam engines, always a crowd-pleaser during the annual fall folk festival, rumble up the rain-soaked streets of McConnellsburg on Saturday morning during a parade shortened by inclement weather. Weather consisting of rain, sleet and eventually snow put a severe damper on Fulton County’s much-anticipated, threeday Fall Folk Festival.

Even though events such as the Fulton County Community Christian School’s all-you-caneat breakfast and a variety of meals at the Hustontown Firehall still managed to draw in a big numbers as did the annual quilt and art shows, the remainder of the annual activities, however, seemed to suffer from Mother Nature’s wrath both Friday and Saturday.

Speaking on behalf of the Grease, Steam and Rust Association Inc., Paul Schmidt noted many of the events and activities scheduled for October 16 through 18 in conjunction with GSR’s 29th annual show were cancelled. In addition, some vendors failed to show and those vendors actually in attendance at the Fulton County Fairgrounds did not open due to the lack of people to peruse their wares.

In spite of Saturday’s rain and cold temperatures, many families still turned out for the 36th annual Fall Folk Festival parade. Children bundled in hooded parkas seized the opportunity to pick up some pre-Halloween candy. In spite of Saturday’s rain and cold temperatures, many families still turned out for the 36th annual Fall Folk Festival parade. Children bundled in hooded parkas seized the opportunity to pick up some pre-Halloween candy. “As a result we did not charge admission and have no idea how many hardy folks attended,” Schmidt told the “News.”

“The weather killed us this year for all three days. Even though the sun came out Sunday, I think it was the warmest at 4 p.m. By then the crowd and vendors had already given up and gone home. The fairgrounds were nearly empty by 2 p.m.” he said.

The big draw to the fairgrounds, though, was indeed the Return of the Prairie Gold Rush Convention that featured both Minneaplois-Moline tractors and equipment. A total of 98 feature tractors were onhand for the display, in addition to an estimated 150 open tractors and two steam engines.

Clem and Jana Malot drive a buggy carrying festival parade marshal Glenn Ward and wife Bonnie up Lincoln Way East to the fairgrounds. Clem and Jana Malot drive a buggy carrying festival parade marshal Glenn Ward and wife Bonnie up Lincoln Way East to the fairgrounds. “Attendance was poor, and if not for the Prairie Gold Rush Convention-goers we could have gone home and stayed dry and warm by the fire,” joked Schmidt, who added the feature tent was very well attended by mostly out-of-state convention people.

The convention, according to Schmidt, was a success in spite of the weather and ended in an excellent turnout of people and equipment.

Among the equipment and tractors were two 1938 UDLXs (the featured tractor), two “NTX” jeeps, a unique Minneapolis Moline road-grader conversion tractor, several Minneapolis Moline pedal tractors from the 50s, a large selection of Minneapolis-Moline toys and dealer items form the company’s prime years. Several Minneapolis Moline-related vendors were in attendance with new and old stock parts, clothing and collectibles, said Schmidt, who said a banquet was held Saturday evening and was well attended by the conventioneers.

Local artist Anne Gobin’s oil painting “Barnyard Path” was chosen Best of Show at the Fulton County Art Club’s annual exhibit during the Fall Folk Festival. Local artist Anne Gobin’s oil painting “Barnyard Path” was chosen Best of Show at the Fulton County Art Club’s annual exhibit during the Fall Folk Festival. In touching on this year’s parade of tractors, the lineup led by marshal Glenn Ward of Warfordsburg was probably the shortest on record with only three antique cars, two steam engines, one marching band, four floats and a few community and political entries. The Minneapolis Moline feature tractors accounted for 21 of the total 78 tractors in the parade that took a whopping 35 minutes to form and head toward the fairgrounds.

Parade winners included Mc- Connellsburg High School Band, first-place band; McConnellsburg FFA, first-place float; F&M Trust, second-place float; and McConnellsburg SADD, thirdplace float. Meanwhile, Richard A. Miller garnered a first-place victory with his antique 1962 Ford Falcon, and Wayne Mac- Donald was second with a 1925 Dodge Brothers Wrecker. Nicolas Hendershot came in third place with a 1946 Kurtis Kroft Midgit. Clem and Jana Malot were awarded a first-place finish with with transporting of parade marshal Glenn Ward by horse and covered carriage.

Next year’s show will feature J.I. Case tractors.

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