By Amy Kent
Herald Staff Writer
FULTON, Ill. —
Despite unfavorable weather conditions, residents came out in full force Saturday to enjoy the Fall Festival celebration in downtown Fulton.
Although rain fell throughout the day, it didn’t stop people from enjoying the many activities the Fulton Chamber of Commerce organized for the 13th annual celebration.
“We are very pleased with the turnout, especially considering the weather,” Chamber Director Heather Bennett said.
The event always focuses on family entertainment, which Bennett said is one reason it continues to be successful year in and year out.
“Parents have said how wonderful it is to have so many kid-based activities available,” Bennett said. “And the fact that most of them are free is a big highlight for people.”
On Saturday, kids were invited to enjoy a multitude of inflatable fun including a giant slide and jousting arena. They also were able to feed goats and other animals at the petting zoo, take turns in the straw maze and enjoy rides around downtown Fulton in a motorized train.
While the children played, parents were able to explore different craft tables and information booths featured by many Fulton-based businesses and a number of other area establishments.
Judy Holesinger of the TLC Country Store and Timber Lane Christmas Tree Farm said the event is not only to promote the city of Fulton, but also a chance for businesses to get their name and product out there.
“For us its a promotion opportunity,” Holesinger said. “We all work together to promote each other’s businesses and promote the community as a whole.”
The event is more than just a promotional opportunity for businesses though. It’s also a chance for area organizations to generate support from the community.
Boy Scouts passed out S’mores throughout the day and the Fulton 4H Club sold caramel apples to raise money for the organization.
“We don’t have a lot of opportunities to get our name out there so this is a really good time for us to do that,” said 4H Club representative Rachel Frick, adding that in a community Fulton’s size it is important for people to get out and support one another.
It wasn’t just Fulton residents that came out to support the event though. Renee Krause of Clinton helped out with the 4H Club booth but also had an opportunity to enjoy some of the activities the Fall Festival had to offer.
“I think this is a fabulous event,” Krause said. “Even though it’s sprinkling, it’s fun and the kids are having a blast. That’s the important part.”