Atlanta Fall Festival fun
continues on Saturday
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[September 14, 2021]
A humid mid-September Saturday afternoon brought many out for the
Atlanta Fall Festival Parade.
While waiting for the parade to begin, one little boy had his
binoculars out ready to look for parade entries coming his way. He
planned to catch candy to share with his little sister.
Leading the parade was the American Legion Color Guard followed by
Grand Marshall Fred Finchum. Next up was the Olympia Spartan’s
This year’s theme was ‘Yesterday, today and tomorrow,’ which was
reflected by entries such as a float with a replica of the Hawes
One truck had replicas of old buildings in Chicago and St. Louis to
represent Route 66.
Several children decorated their bikes to represent the past,
present and future.
One horse was adorned with a reminder to Never Forget [the events of
A few drove cars from past eras. The Mohammed Shriners and their Tin
Lizzie Patrol came through in miniature cars behind the Bloomington
Shrine Calliope Unit with its cheery music.
Newly crowned festival Princess Oaklynn Jason and Prince Lincoln
Craig rode on the back of a flame clad four-wheeler through the
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Other royalty riding in the parade included Logan County Junior Miss Alayna
Briggs and Little Miss Sofia Farmer.
Additional entries included elected officials and candidates running for office
in the upcoming March election, several area businesses, and the American
The parade also featured local emergency units such as the Atlanta Fire
Department, Rural Fire Department, and the Atlanta Rescue Squad.
As usual, children watching from the sidelines dashed to catch candy being
After the parade, winners from various categories were announced. Top prizes in
various categories were awarded to the Flowerbuds, Atlanta National Bank, the
Gordon family, Zack’s Heating and Cooling and the Kong kids.
The men of the Atlanta Methodist Church prepared an Angus Tri-Tip for the large
meal served in the Community House in the evening.
Saturday’s events included a morning baking contest, a kiddie tractor pull, a
cake and pie auction in addition to vendors, rides, carnival games and BINGO
that took place throughout the festival weekend.
Many enjoyed coming out to the festival on this beautiful late summer weekend.