Autumn attraction

Parade caps off Forestville Fall Festival

Photo by Greg Fox Sherm Bailey drives his 1st place Happy Harvest float during the Forestville Fall Festival parade Sunday.

FORESTVILLE — It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

No, that’s not the start to a popular Christmas song; it’s literally the most wonderful time of the year for fall enthusiasts. And people got the chance to celebrate transforming leaves, fresh-plucked apples and crisp autumn air at the ninth annual Forestville Fall Festival over the weekend.

Hundreds gathered at the community mall Sunday to see a bumper crop of participants in the yearly parade. New this time around was a speaker system and announcer for the spectacle at the Tavern on the Mall on the corner of Main and Park streets.

Carol Woodward, Fall Festival Committee president, expressed her satisfaction with the latest installment of the sweater-weather celebration.

“Turnout was awesome,” she told the OBSERVER, referring to the craft vendor fair at Forestville Central School. “(Saturday) we had the Historic Adams House Tour; that brought a lot of people in to us. We’ve got a lot of new vendors here, and we’re full (to capacity) and very pleased with everything.”

Photo by Greg Fox Parade Grand Marshal Jeff Geblein, longtime band director at Forestville school, was chauffeured in the back of Sarah Lomanto’s purple Chevy truck at the Fall Festival Sunday.

This year’s parade grand marshal was Jeff Geblein, longtime band director at the school, who was chauffeured in the back of Sarah Lomanto’s purple Chevy truck.

Participants in the parade included the J. Carter Knapp Post 953 American Legion in Forestville, the Forestville and Sunset Bay fire departments, the Sheridan Fire Department Marching Unit, the Forestville Central School Hornet Marching Band, Eclectic Dance Co., the Fredonia Star Riders and a handful of antique cars and tractors, among others.

Sherm Bailey’s Happy Harvest float came in first place for the parade, with coming in second and Jason Dolce’s family grape picker coming in third.

The Fall Festival’s chili cook-off saw a first-place winner in Penelope Johnson’s “Sweet Revenge,” with Janice Waterman’s “Chili Chili Bang Bang” coming in second and Kyal Johnson’s “Organic Chili” coming in third.

Over 40 vendors participated in this year’s event. The committee wished to thank all of them for being part of the festival. Committee members also wished to thank the community and local non-profit organizations for their continued support.

The Forestville Fall Festival is now an official 501(c)(3) organization. This latest festival was the first since the transition, according to committee officials.

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