Fun at Forestville Fall Festival

FORESTVILLE – Although the temperatures were not feeling like fall Saturday afternoon, the season was celebrated on Academy Street. The annual Fall Festival in Forestville was held Saturday and will continue today.

At Forestville High School, craft and food vendors were lined up in the gymnasium and outside in the rear parking lot. Children activities and historical displays were also set up inside the school. South Dayton resident Trishten Brisley, age 9, was painting a pumpkin as part of the children’s activities. Trishten came with her grandmother to the event.

In the lobby by the gym, Joe Hodkin of Forestville was demonstrating the process of using an antique cider press. He said he purchased the nearly 100-year-old machine in two different parts. The press was purchased from a junkyard and the engine Hodkin came by from his interest in antique engines. Ground apples would be tossed in the top and make their way down to the press which would squeeze out the juice. Hodkin was giving out samples of the cider which was made using Macintosh and Cortland apples.

“You grind (apples) off … then squeeze it into the bag and a little bit comes into the pot,” Hodkin explained.

Also part of the festival was a tour of the historic Adams House on Pearl Street. Don Fairbanks and family provided horse and buggy rides to the house from the school. More than 450 residents toured the three-story house which used to be the home to former Judge Lee Towne Adams. His daughter, Nancy Adams said this was the first year they had opened the house up for a tour as a part of the festival. Following the tour, a beer tasting was sponsored by Dunkirk Home Brew. All proceeds from the tour were split between the American Legion J. Carter Knapp Post 953 and the Forestville Volunteer Fire Department.

“We’re really thrilled because the fire department and American Legion were so great to our parents,” Adams said. “It was great to work with the Fall Festival.”

Also new this year was a chili cookoff which saw numerous entries. The winners of the cookoff were Don Rosier and Lorraine Hodkin who won in a tie. The most tantalizing title went to Ian Hodkin for his chili which was called “For you my deer.” Robert Burt of Fredonia said his favorite parts of the day included the chili tasting. He said he has been coming to the event annually since it was formerly known as the apple festival.

“The chili tasting contest and the pumpkin chucking contest were my favorite,” he said. “It’s been a really good crowd today.”

Winners of the pumpkin contest were: most original – Carol McEntarfer; funniest – Berger Family; and scariest – Diane Tower. All pumpkins are located on the mall on Route 39. Festival Committee Chairman Carol Woodward said the turn out for this year’s festival was a new record.

“Our turnout is awesome,” she said. “I’m just amazingly happy and we had a great committee. It’s a nice community event.”

All proceeds from the festival will benefit a scholarship at Forestville High School, the Forestville Fire Department and the Forestville Food Pantry. Forestville students also raised $134 through a 50/50 raffle which will be donated to the family of Damon Janes.

Committee member Janine Salzman said the festival is a great community-oriented event.

“It’s nice to have the community coming together to have a nice event. Every proceed goes back to the community,” she said.

The festival will continue today with events at the high school, including pumpkin chucking, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A parade will begin at 1 p.m. on Main Street and will conclude at the school.

A chicken barbecue will be held at the fire hall on Chestnut Street from noon until sold out.

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