The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 8, 2012

Hundreds attend annual Fall Festival

By Natalie Conrad
Herald Staff Writer

FULTON, Ill. — Despite chilly temps, hundreds showed up to enjoy the festivities at the Fall Festival on Saturday in downtown Fulton and Heritage Canyon.

The festival featured food, fun, entertainment, crafts, activities and educational events for the whole family.

“It may be cold, but a lot of people came out and are having a good time,” Tourism Director Heather Bennett said. “The pumpkins are going fast.”

In conjunction with the city’s tourism theme, “River Connections,” the Fall Festival committee chose the theme “From the River’s Edge.” People of all ages learned about river life from a presentation by Living Lands and Waters and about wildlife from a presentation by Clinton County Conservation.

Families checked out crafts from local vendors and enjoyed refreshments from local restaurants and food tents and took in performances by Jennifer’s Dance Studio, Fulton High School Show Choir and the Camanche twirlers.

Activities kept kids busy all day long including inflatable rides, petting zoo, train rides, pumpkin painting, games, clowns/balloon artists, a hay bale maze, and make and take crafts.

Early American Crafters put on a show at Heritage Canyon, recreating authentic pioneer living with everything from wood carvers to blacksmiths and an authentic TeePee. The crafters and a Mark Twain impersonator entertained groups.