Festival Sure To Please All
Offering a range of activities for kids of all ages and sizes and even just kids at heart, the 39th annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival will officially get under way later this week with a full lineup of events scheduled to include a special Ford 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.
On Thursday, October 18, the Fulton County Historical Society will conduct its annual fall membership meeting at 7 p.m. The location of the meeting is at the county courthouse, and the program is open to the public. The program entitled “The Lay of the Land,” will include a Powerpoint presentation by Bob Windemuth that will detail how the land appeared when the settlers first arrived.
Offering something different from its typical schedule of events, the Historical Society will offer a full-day of festivities this Friday with a bus tour of southern Fulton County and Hancock, Md. Historic sites will be viewed in the McConnellsburg area as well as Union Cemetery and White Church, Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church, C&O Canal visitors’ center, the old tollhouse, the Fairview one-room schoolhouse and the Crystal Spring Campground. The bus tour will also include lunch at Weaver’s Restaurant in Hancock.
Cost is $70, which covers the bus expense, lunch, fees and gratuities. Residents or visitors interested in taking the tour are asked to contact John Mentzer at 717- 328-9279 for additional details and reservations.
In addition, the Historical Society’s museum will remain open throughout the festival to display an array of Girl Scout artifacts and a large collection of paintings and artwork by the late Elmer Carpenter of Crystal Spring. It is further noted the society will open the Winegardner one-room schoolhouse located along South Madden Road near Dublin Mills to the general public and local history buffs. Admission to the schoolhouse is free.
The Fulton County Quilt Club will be opening the doors at Fulton Theatre Friday for its three-day quilt show and contest. Exhibits can be dropped off on Wednesday, October 17, between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and again from 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 in Clear Ridge off McKinleyville Road. In addition to the intarsia artwork and woodworking of the Emericks, Trails End will be featuring for the very first time a unique collection of wooden tree ornaments, headbands, colored glass windows, handmade soap, candles, jewelry and art prints. All items displayed at Trails End are American made by local artisans, including Christian Hann, Betty Clark, Ann Shade, Joan Kendall, George McClaughlin, Cody Mc- Claine, Nancy Hogan, Donna Summers, Tiff Mellott and Beth Shade.
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 breakfast items. While there is no charge for the breakfast, donations are appreciated.
The Christian School will also be sponsoring a craft bazaar and car show between the hours of 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 during the car show.
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 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 be on hand Saturday at 2 p.m. at Tonoloway to discuss his research and published book entitled “Tonoloway, If Its Walls Could Talk.” 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 end of 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 and fashion show at 12:30 p.m. Displays in Waterfall include a display by the Coal Miner’s Museum, antique Ford tractors and photos of the area. Crafts for sale include afghans, 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 gets under way at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and winds its way through town to the Fulton County Fairgrounds, where Ford tractors and equipment will be on display aside daily demonstrations on grain threshing, shingle making, lumber sawing and straw baling. The cost of general admission at the fairgrounds has been reduced to $2. Children under the age of 12 are admitted for free.
The antiques and craft show will be open all three days of the annual event 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.
Sunday morning the Mc- Connellsburg United Presbyterian Church will host a hymn festival honoring the 50th anniversary of the church’s Möller pipe organ. “Centuries in Song” will be part of of the Sunday worship service that begins at 11 a.m.