Home folk and diaspora flock to
Atlanta Fall Festival Saturday evening
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[September 10, 2018]
The wet and dreary weather did not dampen people’s spirits at the
Atlanta Fall Festival. On Saturday night plenty of people, mostly
local, showed up to enjoy the evening activities.
Though rainy weather cancelled some of the afternoon events like the
parade and fire truck rides, the evening brought out a park full of
For hungry festivalgoers, the men of the Atlanta United Methodist
Church served Angus tri-tips, which are made from the beef off the
tip of a sirloin. The tri-tip dinner replaced the barbeque chicken
dinner they had been preparing for 60 years.
As it takes so many people to prepare chicken interest had been
diminishing, Bill Blankenship said it seemed like it was time for a
change. Curtis Fox said there was initially a long line for the
dinner. There was high interest in trying the tri-tips and initial
reviewers said it was a delicious meal.
Other festival fare included walking tacos, cotton candy, caramel
apples, popcorn, elephant ears and lemonade shake-ups.
Those looking for entertainment could enjoy the Karaoke contest,
nightly Bingo game, many carnival rides and games, or just visits
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Morning activities included a baking contest. In the evening, prize winning
entries and baked goods from the Atlanta Ag 4-H Club including cupcakes, pies,
cakes, quick breads, and cookies were auctioned off. Proceeds from the auction
go to the Fall Festival Baking Fund.
Janice Begolka, a vendor who sells hand-crafted and Route 66 merchandise, said
she enjoys seeing all the people out at the festival having fun.
As always, with a festival that has been a tradition for over forty years,
several festivalgoers enjoyed visiting with long-time friends they do not see
very often. It has become a homecoming reunion for some in the small town.
The festival opened in the park Thursday with a pork chop supper prepared by the
Atlanta Rotary, carnival rides and games by Zeiler Amusements, musical
performances by the Atlanta Band and Community Choir and the Fabulous Hoedads,
and Bingo, which took place every night.
Activities continued Friday with a ribeye steak dinner sponsored by the Atlanta
Fire Department, the Prince and Princess Contest, and rides and games; though
rainy weather that evening did keep many away from the rides.
An All-community Worship in the park provided a wrap up to the weekend of