Folk Festival Sure To Be A Big Crowd-Pleaser
Offering a range of activities for kids of all ages and sizes and even just kids at heart, the 38th annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival will officially get under way late this week with a full lineup of events scheduled to include a special Allis Chalmers 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.
Veering from their typical schedule of events, the Fulton County Historical Society will begin its festivities Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the courtroom of the Fulton County Courthouse. The special program will highlight long rifles of Fulton County as well as their makers.
In addition, the Historical Society’s museum will remain open throughout the event to display the 225th founding of Mc- Connellsburg anniversary items and those associated with the 125th year of Crystal Spring Camp Meeting. Other items on display will include local postcards and a special long rifle made by Robert F. Stunkard.
The Historical Society will also sell 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 will open the doors of Fulton Theatre Friday for its three-day quilt show and contest. Exhibits can be dropped off on Wednesday, October 12, between the hours of 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 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Local artisans Glenn and Gerry Emerick will show off their wares all three days of the festival at Trails End Woodcrafts Clear Ridge off McKinleyville Road. In addition to the intarsia artwork and woodworking of the Emericks, Trails End will feature, for the very first time, a unique collection of Christmas tree ornaments crafted from wood. All items displayed at Trails End are American made.
In the village of Needmore, the annual Dale Gordon Memorial 5K run/walk will get under way 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 scrambled eggs, buckwheat cakes, sausage, biscuits, homefries, sausage gravy and more. While there is no charge for the breakfast, donations are greatly appreciated.
Whether rain or sunshine decides to grace the skies on Saturday, the Christian School will also sponsor a car show between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Needmore Bible Church for any and all 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. 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, organized circa 1745, 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 Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. at Tonoloway to discuss his 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 northern Fulton County, the village of Waterfall will serve as center stage for great food and good entertainment. Saturday’s schedule of activities include a candy scramble starting at noon, pet parade at 12:30 p.m., fashion show at 1 p.m. and a petting zoo will be open to both children and adults all day. Displays in Waterfall include a display by the Coal Miner’s Museum, antique Ford tractors and photos of the area. 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 will get under way at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and wind its way through town to the Fulton County Fairgrounds, where Allis Chalmers tractors and equipment will be on display aside daily demonstrations of grain threshing, shingle making, lumber sawing and straw baling. General admission at the fairgrounds has been reduced to $2. Children under the age of 12 are admitted for free.
The annual antiques and craft show will be open all three days at the alumni community building located at 301 East Maple Street, McConnellsburg. There will be both artisans and vendors in and outside the building on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Among the newest features added to the festival lineup of events is the Puppet Meister “Country Kids Jamboree,” also at the McConnellsburg Alumni Building. Admission is free and includes 20 to 30 minute marionette/ puppet shows, “special faces” face painting, children’s games and activities and T-shirt spin art. The event is sponsored by the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism.
Additional information on the 38th annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival can be obtained by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 717-485- 4064 or on the Internet at www.fultoncountypa.com.