40th Annual Fall Folk Festival Pleases Masses
Whether you were searching for that perfect handmade craft, an Amish doughnut to fill your tummy or friends and family to reminisce with, the Fulton Fall Folk Festival continued to please local residents as well as the masses that flocked here for the 40th annual celebration.
Weather remained a key factor in attendance, especially for outdoor activities that were scattered across the county ranging from apple butter boils and yard sales to the Dale Gordon Memorial 5K run/walk in the village of Needmore.
According to Paul Schmidt of the local Grease, Steam and Rust Association (GSR), attendance varied at the Fulton County Fairgrounds for the 33rd annual antique tractor, small engine and machinery show. Friday and Sunday’s chilly weather brought “good” attendance. However, Saturday saw a drop in numbers at the fairgrounds due to bouts of rain showers.
In spite of the precipitation, Schmidt said GSR was able to hold all of its scheduled events including the evening’s steam engine pull. A total of four steam engines participated in the pull and produced a “spectacular spark show,” he noted.
The big draw, however, fell to the truck pull that included the popular semi trucks. The pull offered two classes this year with stock and hot stock trucks competing.
Schmidt said the flea market portion of the show, which had been “waning” in recent years, saw an influx of new vendors who sold everything from crafts and antiques to other quality merchandise. In addition to the flea market, a whopping 195 John Deere tractors and 17 implements were displayed on-site along with original dealer signs, toys, literature and memorabilia.
The total number of tractors recorded at the show, including the featured John Deere, numbered 408, Schmidt said. That number was down slightly in comparison to previous years, especially the years when John Deere was the featured tractor.
Many of those tractors also appeared as part of the morning parade of tractors that also included a fair share of floats, marching units and equestrian units. Schmidt reported all three marching bands representing the Central Fulton, Forbes Road and Southern Fulton school districts participated in the parade as did one majorette group, 13 cars and trucks, 19 floats, including one starring Fulton County Fair Queen Sarah Hollinshead and Little Miss Queen Raegan Shindle, five steam engines, 215 tractors and four equestrian units, which featured an 1877 horse-drawn hearse.
Parade results released Tuesday morning by the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism indicate the Forbes Road band led by director Ryan Wade took top honors this year and was followed by the McConnellsburg and Southern Fulton bands, respectively overseen by directors Greg Strine and Ben Arnold.
Meanwhile, under the float category, the Broad Top Area Coal Miners Historical Society garnered a first-place finish with second and third places, respectively going to Community State Bank of Orbisonia and Needmore Cub Scouts.
In addition, the driver of the antique car who was given registration #84 by parade officials is being asked to contact the Chamber of Commerce office as was awarded first place. Roger Ramsey, operator of parade entry #86, should also contact the chamber after having won second place. Dick Miller rounded out the parade with a third-place victory in the antique car division.
Judge’s Choice award went to the Fulton County Medical Center Long-Term Care van, and horse entries included a first place to Tom Wetzel’s carriage hearse, second place to Rheon Gelvin/Breast Cancer Awareness and third place to young Justin Cheshire’s “Reese the calf-roping horse.”
Next year’s featured tractor is slated to be short lines, the smaller companies that constructed lesser-known tractors, produced smaller quantities and then passed.
“Everyone, both the public and GSR members, seemed well satisfied with our show, and we received many positive comments,” concluded Schmidt, who noted residents can maintain contact with GSR in the coming months through its Facebook page.
Meanwhile at the McConnellsburg Alumni and Friends building, the Chamber of Commerce continued to receive outstanding reviews for the Puppen Meister “Country Kids Jamboree” marionette and puppet show. Chamber Executive Director Brenda Gordon shared with the “News,” that children as well as adults packed each of the daily shows.
“Many were already seated and waiting at least 15 to 20 minutes before each show started, and many had to stand as all seats were filled,” said Gordon. “The children’s petting zoo was well received as were the pony rides by the US Pony Club.”
Gordon reported a steady flow of visitors throughout the threeday festival, and all vendors onsite appeared to have a good flow of traffic at their booths. Visitors were from across the United States and abroad and included the states of Washington, Massachusetts, Indiana, New York and even Australia.
Friday was reportedly the best day of sales for those at the alumni building, but sales as well as foot traffic were visibly down the final day.
It was noted vendors are already putting in advance requests to return to the 2014 Fulton Fall Folk Festival, and many indoor vendors are planning on attending the upcoming Christmas in McConnellsburg on December 6 and 7 at Fulton Theatre.
“Many of the vendors like coming back every year because it has the feel of a ‘family reunion.’ ... It gives them a chance to reminisce about the ‘old days.’” Gordon stated. “They also like coming back each year to see what’s new and to see what has remained the same.” GSR Results
TRUCK PULL RESULTS
Small Block Street
First - Brandon Dunmeyer; second - Tigh Miller; third - Tony Hersh.
Big Block Street
First - Brad Broy; second - Jim Wysong; third - Terry Mostoller.
First - Jerry Mosteller; second - Jason Klejka; third - John Firestone.
Hot Street Diesel 2.6
First - Nick Stillwagon; second - Chad Biggs; third - Jade Tallentive.
Small Block High Output
First - Jason Beggs; second - Jason Gahres.
Big Block High Output
First - Mark Petros; second - Scott Sipe; third - Jarvis Sensenig.
Open Diesel 2.6
First - Jeremy Vrey; second - Addison Snyder.
First - Scott Wagner; second - Donald Truax; third - Josh Wagner.
First - Jack Griggs; second - Philip Price; third - Lester Matrin.
Diesel 2.6 8,000 Lb.
First - Blake Naugle; second - Troy Miller; third - Conrad Glazier.
Big Block Showroom
First - Rick Albright; second - Matthew Ogline; third - Jessica Truax.
Small Block Showroom
First - Cody Hewitt; second - Amy Mellott.
First - Melissa Seiders
1954 JD 40 tractor: Alton Hill, Warfordsburg.
JD 720 pedal tractor: Ellis Lohr, Lewisburg.
Power saw: Stacy Hill, Warfordsburg.
$100: Annette Long, Waynesboro.
$50: John Seiders, Big Cove Tannery.
$25: G. Garteh, Biglerville.
TRACTOR PULL RESULTS
7,500 Lb. Farm Stock
First - John Anderson; second - Trent Rowels; third - Bob Stanton.
9,500 Lb. Farm Stock
First - Matt Stanton; second - Jake Mummert; third - Tom Zinoble.
12,500 Lb. Farm Stock
First - Randy Godlove; second - Travis Houshman; third - Sam McWilliams.
15,500 Lb. Farm Stock
First - Dave Fischer; second - Harvey Souders; third - Bob Stanton.
17,000 Lb. & Over Farm Stock
First - Philip Mellott; second - Rockland Farm; third - Kevin Bishop.
Antiques 1938 & Older
3,000 Lb. Class
First - Jason Ridinger; second - Tim Elmes.
5,000 Lb. Class
First - Gary Patterson; second - Adam Steckler.
5,500 Lb. Class
First - Adam Steckler; second - Scott Parsons; third - Vernon Mc- Carty.
Classic Antiques 1938-1960
3,000 Lb. Class
First - Lester Livingood; second - Dean Forshey; third - Harry Didawick.
4,000 Lb. Class
First - Dan Henson; second - Barry Hall; third - Toby Henson.
5,000 Lb. Class
First - Brian Hoffman; second - Jim Testerman; third - Ralph Henson.
6,000 Lb. Class
First - Harold Forrester; second - Robert Grable; third - Jim Newkirk.
7,000 Lb. Class
First - Kenny Bennett; second - W.R. Barmont; third - Kevin Bishop.
8,000 Lb. Class
First - Jim Newkirk; second - John Harker; third - Dustin Bivens.
9,000 Lb. Class
First - Mike Nisewander; second - Brandon Morton; third - W.R. Barmont.