Mount Pulaski sees a near-perfect night for a street fair
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[July 02, 2013]
MOUNT PULASKI -- A
Hollywood-scripted early evening short, light rain, punctuated by a
beautiful rainbow in the eastern sky, wonderfully cooled things down
Friday as hundreds enjoyed the second annual Mount Pulaski
Washington Street Festival on the west side of the square, in front
of the state historic site courthouse. Adults and teenagers, parents
and their children threw off "cabin fever" and came out to enjoy
food, music and activities, capped off with a 5K cancer benefit run,
"Glowin' for Michael."
Nearly 200 runners and
walkers joined in to help 7-year-old Michael Stauffer with his
battle against T-cell lymphoma, for which he has been undergoing
treatment for several months. Michael is the son of David and
Cynthia Stauffer of Mount Pulaski and has a brother, Thomas, and a
sister, Alyssa. He is a student at Zion Lutheran School in Mount
Pulaski. The proceeds of the race will go to assist the family with
their financial concerns.
The now-famous Mount Pulaski Grade
School third-grade class was on hand to announce their final
"Courthouse Cash" total, which has passed the $13,000 mark -- "still
accumulating," someone reported, even though school recessed for
summer vacation over a month ago.
The festival also concluded the second annual Volunteer Work Week
at the Mount Pulaski Courthouse, with its newly adopted moniker: "in
celebration of our community, our courthouse and our heritage."
A Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation has been organized to help
with minor renovations, painting and cleaning, as the courthouse is
a state historic site and tourist destination that has been
neglected during the past few years.
Evening highlights included music from the Haircut Actual band,
cloggers from Audra's Studio of Dance, Abe and Mary Lincoln
impersonators, "Twinkles" the balloon lady, and face painting by
Chauntea Mason. There were kids' activities on the courthouse lawn
and in the street, a bounce house, an expertly crafted stagecoach by
Don Leonard on display, and old-fashioned wagon rides by Dr. Luthin.
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Inside the Mount Pulaski Courthouse, tours were available, kids
decorated Lincoln stovepipe hats, and there was a special display on
Harry Hahn as "Abe" Lincoln, along with several collages of people
and events in and around the courthouse in recent years.
The Mount Pulaski Museum was open for tours and offered cold bottled
water and popcorn. The latest Mount Pulaski Township Historical
Society fundraiser quilt, crafted by Maxine Downing, was on display.
Washington Street merchants, including Salt Creek Attic, Vintage
One and Saddie's Secret Place, were open for business throughout the
Hilltop Catering by Mike and Jennifer Richner again offered brats
and hot dogs, accepting donations to benefit the courthouse
foundation, as did the Mount Pulaski city employees with their
pulled-pork sandwiches. The Mount Pulaski American Legion Post 447
was on hand to sell ice-chilled beer, soda and water, and Buff's
Restaurant provided a delicious serving of ribs. The youth group of
the Latham United Methodist Church prepared mouth-watering doughnuts
on-site, and Girl Scout Troop 1070 sold their renowned Girl Scout
[Text from file received from Phil