Foliage, Food And Festivities Kick Off Friday
Whether you’re interested in John Deere tractors and equipment, crafts created by local artisans or just some seasonal baked goods shared with loved ones while enjoying the splendor of the changing foliage, the Fulton Fall Folk Festival continues to offer something for everyone of all ages and interests.
The much-anticipated 40th annual festival sponsored by the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism will get under way later this week on Friday, October 18. The three-day special event will run through Sunday, October 20, and will include special activities and attractions not only in the McConnellsburg area but in the small villages of northern and southern Fulton County as well.
Having received such an overwhelming response on their previous bus tour, the Fulton County Historical Society has already announced its bus tour of western Fulton County and the surrounding area to be a “sold out” event. On Friday, October 18, participants will travel to points of interest in the northern end of the county as well as into neighboring Huntingdon, Bedford and Blair counties. Docents or lecturers will be available at each stop to meet and speak with history enthusiasts.
In addition, the Historical Society’s museum at the Fulton House will remain open throughout the event to display an array of artwork by the late Calla Hill of Knobsville. The display will include oils, watercolors, pen and ink, pencil and charcoals. Indian artifacts comprised of axes, hammers, drills, a scribe stone and stone pipe will be offered as well due to the collections of local residents Charles Walker, Monica Seville, Bushy Kerlin and Paul Bradnick.
The Historical Society further noted the Winegardner one-room schoolhouse located along South Madden Road near Dublin Mills will be open to the public. Admission is free to the schoolhouse.
The Fulton County Quilt Club is slated to open its doors at Fulton Theatre Friday for its threeday quilt show and contest. Antique and newer quilts can be dropped off for exhibit on Wednesday, October 16, between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and again the following day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The show itself will run Friday through Sunday, and admission is free.
Local artists will be putting their work on display in the Fulton County Library community room as sponsored by 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 be featuring a variety of artwork made locally 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 displaying a collection of wooden tree ornaments, handmade natural soap, candles, jewelry, wooden wreaths and even paintings by the Emericks’ granddaughter, Tiffany.
Just a short distance away in the village of Waterfall, event organizers have prepared a full schedule of events for Saturday, October 19. In addition to kids activities and games, local residents are urged to come on out for the fashion show featuring many gently worn items from the Second Time Around store. Meanwhile many furry friends will be the feature of the pet parade. Tasty food ranging from hot sausage sandwiches and chicken dinners to kettle soups and baked goods will be available for purchase.
Local artisans Jack and Judy Appleby of 501 West Frick Road, Waterfall, will be hosting a special open house Saturday for residents wishing to learn more or just take in a demonstration on basket making and blacksmithing. The Applebys will be available between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. with not only demonstrations but discounts, door prizes and light refreshments.
Whether rain or sunshine decides to grace the skies Saturday, the Christian School will hold a 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 selling 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 be on hand Saturday at 2 p.m. at Tonoloway to discuss the lives of some of the Union troops and civilians who signed Tonoloway’s walls. Tonoloway is located just north of the Mason-Dixon Line along Thompson Road (Route 655).
The crowds will line up along Lincoln Way in McConnellsburg Borough Saturday morning as the Fall Folk Festival parade of John Deere tractors gets under way at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and makes its way to the Fulton County Fairgrounds, where both tractors and various equipment will be put on display alongside daily demonstrations of grain threshing, shingle making, lumber sawing and straw baling.
Indoor and outdoor demonstrations will be going on throughout the three-day event, and the Grease, Steam & Rust Association Inc. will also have a large flea market, petting zoo, pedal pulls, a Kids Zone, a farm toy show and lawn-mower races. General admission at the fairgrounds will remain at the low cost of $2. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free.
The annual antiques and craft show will be open all three days of the festival 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.
Meanwhile, the Puppen Meister will reappear with their highly applauded Camp Fun Kids Play Adventure and “Country Kids Jamboree.” Show times will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday and include marionette and puppet show, face painting, children’s games and activities and T-shirt spin art. All Puppen Meister activities will be held in the Mc- Connellsburg Alumni Building.
The Burnt Cabins Grist Mill operated by the Harnish family remains a great venue for not only good food and fellowship but also for blacksmith demonstrations, a flea market and a visit to the Ye Old Mill Store. In addition to offering a hot meal of buckwheat pancakes, regular pancakes and sausage on-site Friday, Saturday and Sunday, their store shelves are lined with the grist mill’s own pancake mix, corn meal, souvenirs and gift baskets.