This year’s festival had a Disney Style theme to it and brought out
children of all ages enjoying a carnival, games on the courthouse
lawn, a kiddie tractor pull and the children’s pageants. The 2017
version of the movie “Beauty and the Beast” was also shown on
Saturday night in the parking lot of the Mount Pulaski Christian
Church, giving Disney fans plenty to smile about.
The weekend also included a very entertaining Lip Sync Battle on
Friday evening, which featured local young farmer Chris Martin
dressed as Whitney Houston while belting out “I Wanna Dance With
Somebody.” Martin was a winner in the solo category, well-deserved
as he had all the right moves down pat. The winners in the duet
category were cousins Drew Dyer and Daniel Siebert. The two young
men sang and danced in costume to the song “Love Is an Open Door”
from the Disney movie, Frozen. A perfect fit for the reigning
champions in this category.
Saturday night saw a friendly game of Family Feud on the main stage,
won by the combined families of the Meagher’s and the Winebrinner’s.
Fitness and food contests
The lovely weekend also featured a dunk tank, a Kids Fun Run/Top of
the Hill 5K and an appearance by town favorite Abraham Lincoln.
While in town, Abe may have slipped over to the historic court house
to join in the 1860's children's games led by Marla Blair.
A Bake-Off and Chili Cook-Off were highlights on Saturday morning,
as was a Zumba Class by True Form Fitness and a spinning
demonstration by local resident, Helen Fine.
Delicious dinners were also served up in the main food tent
sponsored by INB both Friday and Saturday nights.
Friday night the Mount Pulaski Rural Fire Protection District served
over 500 ribeye steak sandwich dinners with the proceeds going to
the family of Micah Wakeman. Wakeman, a Decatur Firefighter died on
June 13, 2017 after a farming accident.
Saturday night the Fraternal Order of the Police served up a Pulled
Pork Dinner with all the trimmings. No one walked away hungry.
Sandwiched in between all this food and fun was a marvelous parade
on Saturday afternoon. With perfect weather conditions to draw a big
crowd, the parade traveled uptown on the square with the courthouse
as a perfect backdrop as emcee Rob Siebert informed the crowd of
each entry. This year’s parade Grand Marshall was to be Charles
“Chick” Holmes. Holmes passed away on August 2, 2017; so he
was represented in the parade by son, Scott, and grandsons, Mitchell
and Matthew. Holmes was a World War II veteran, having served 30
months in the South Pacific. Holmes also established the Mount
Pulaski Athletic Association, an organization that has benefited
thousands of youth throughout the years.
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Other parade entries were dedicated to the memory of the two
young people Mount Pulaski recently lost. Evan Connor and Caleb Coogan were
honored with friends driving tractors. Caleb’s dad, J.C., also drove his 1965
GTO with Caleb’s classmates Rohan Allspach, Alec Martin and Kenneth Cooper
riding along. Caleb’s 6th grade class rode on a float behind the classic car.
Employees of Vonderlieth Living Center also walked in the parade
to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the local nursing home that has been
such a valuable asset to the Mount Pulaski community.
Despite the heavy hearts among so many family and friends at this year’s fall
festival, the weekend was celebrated with a feeling of love and kindness among
the community ~ feeling that will live on in the hearts of the community for
years and years to come.
2017 parade winners:
1st place - Caleb Coogan’s 6th grade class (School and local organizations
2nd place - S & S Performance Horse (Elsa & Olaf - Business organization
3rd place - Gene Letterly Tractor and Float (Automobile/Tractors category)
2017 Mount Pulaski Fall Festival Royalty
Little Miss: Ella Martin
Little Prince: Jase Jones
Junior Miss: Claire Bobell
Miss: Jayda Allspach
Other pageant mentions:
Jayda Allspach - Miss Congeniality
Josie Wakeman - 1st runner-up Miss
Elise Dawson - Junior Miss 1st runner-up
Eli Mercer - Little Prince 1st runner-up
Madison Olsen - Little Miss 1st runner-up
All of the pageant participants did an outstanding job. The directors did an
equally amazing job with the young people. It was a top-notch, professionally
run event that was enjoyed by all. Following the announcement of Jayda Allspach
as the new Miss Mount Pulaski, the young ladies involved in the competition
formed a circle, hugging one another and joining in prayer, near the back of the
stage. What an awesome feeling for those in attendance to witness the young
people and their faith in each other. The support of the youth has guided Mount
Pulaski in recent months and will continue to do so for future fall festivals.
Community Pride Award
The 2017 Community Pride Award went to David Meister. Meister, who runs the Old
Brickyard Pub and Grill in Mount Pulaski, was recognized for his passion and
dedication to the community.