Loads To Do At Folk Fest This Weekend
Offering a range of activities for kids of all ages and sizes and even just kids at heart, the 37th annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival will officially get under way Friday with a full lineup of events scheduled, including a special Case tractor and equipment feature at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, the antiques and craft show at the Alumni Community Building, and great food and entertainment in the village of Waterfall.
The Fulton County Historical Society will again feature Peggy Ann Bradnick as its special program speaker on Thursday, October 14, starting at 7 p.m. To be held in the McConnellsburg High School auditorium, Bradnick will recap that fateful day in 1966 when she was kidnapped and hidden away in the surrounding mountainside by her kidnapper known as “Bicycle Pete.”
The Historical Society will also be selling tickets for its annual house tour and will open the Winegardner one-room schoolhouse located along South Madden Road near Dublin Mills to the public and local history buffs. Admission is free to the schoolhouse.
The Fulton County Quilt Club opens the doors of Fulton Theatre on Friday for its three-day quilt show and contest. Exhibits can be dropped off on Wednesday, October 13, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and again 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the following day.
Local artists will be putting their work on display in the Fulton County Library community room in conjunction with the Fulton County Art Club. The exhibit and contest will be held Friday and Saturday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:15 to 4 p.m.
Local artisans Glenn and Gerry Emerick will be showing off their wares all three days of the festival at Trails End Woodcrafts in Clear Ridge off McKinleyville Road. In addition to the intarsia artwork and woodworking of the Emericks, watercolors, paintings decorative headbands and hand-painted eggshell ornaments created by local artisans will also be available for purchase.
In the village of Needmore, the annual Dale Gordon Memorial 5K run/walk begins with a 7:30 a.m. registration and check-in time Saturday. Medals are given for category winners and cash prizes of up to $300 are given to the top sponsors.
Anyone looking to kick off their Saturday morning activities with a hearty breakfast should swing by the Fulton County Community Christian School, also located in Needmore. The all-you-can-eat country breakfast will feature a variety of items such as handmade buckwheat cakes, sausage, biscuits, home fries, sausage gravy and more. While there is no charge for the breakfast, donations are gladly accepted.
Breakfast can also be enjoyed at Cito United Methodist Church where a buffet of breakfast favorites, including pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and chipped beef gravy, will be served from 6 until 10 at the church, located at 3746 Cito Road. A longtime breakfast tradition takes place at Burnt Cabins Grist Mill, 582 Grist Mill Rd., Burnt Cabins, all three days of the Fall Folk Festival from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Grist Mill’s all-day breakfast menu features buckwheat and regular pancakes as well as sausage.
Whether rain or sunshine on Saturday, the Christian School will also hold a car show between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Needmore Bible Church for any types and models of 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. Food and baked goods will be available for purchase during the car show.
The Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church located in the southern most portion of the county will open its doors to the public on Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Visitors can tour the county’s oldest church, and view preserved signatures of Union troops hospitalized there from January through early March 1862.
In addition, local author John Mentzer will again be on hand daily at 2 p.m. at Tonoloway to discuss his research and published book entitled “Tonoloway, If Its Walls Could Talk.” Additional copies of “Mellotts of Fulton County” and “The Truax Impact on Fulton County” will also be available for purchase. 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 serve as centerstage for great food and good entertainment. Saturday’s schedule of activities includes a candy scramble starting at noon, pet parade at 12:30 p.m., special music at 1 p.m., fashion show at 1:30 p.m. and a raffle drawing at 3 p.m. Displays in Waterfall include a display by the Coal Miner’s Museum, antique Ford tractors, and a Christmas village display. Crafts for sale include woodwork items, pillows, candles, ceramics, flower arrangements and holiday decor. Of course, don’t walk away without sampling a hot sausage, kettle soup, apple dumplings and other baked goods.
The crowd will line the streets of McConnellsburg Borough Saturday morning as the Fall Folk Festival parade of tractors steps off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and makes its way through town to the Fulton County Fairgrounds. Case tractors and equipment will be on display aside daily demonstrations of grain threshing, shingle making, lumber sawing and straw baling.
Additional information on the 37th annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival, which is sponsored by the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, can be obtained at 717-485-4064 or on the Internet at www.fultoncountypa.com.