Autumn antics

FORESTVILLE – The fifth annual Fall Festival in the village of Forestville was one for the record books, according to Fall Fest Committee Chairperson Carol Woodward.

Woodward reported “record crowds” and a “full house” for the autumn event this year. Also, for the first time, the parade on Sunday had a Grand Marshal in the form of active, longtime Forestville resident Homer “Chum” Bowker.

Various organizations and people participated in the parade, including the Forestville School Marching Band, the Sheridan Fire Department and around 15 different antique tractor drivers, among others. Children with fall-themed decorations on their bicycles also traveled down Main Street for the parade.

Irving resident Jennifer Hogue said she enjoyed the parade.

“This was the first time I’ve come to it in a while and it was really nice to see,” she said, noting she grew up in Forestville. “The tractors are always good.”

“The ‘after-parade’ is obviously the best, too!” Hogue joked after seeing the traffic that was held up for the parade begin to go through Main Street once again.

“It was definitely a wonderful year and weekend for the Fall Fest,” Woodward said. “The weather cooperated and it didn’t rain for the parade, thankfully!”

John Giordano was presented with a $50 “Best in Show” award for his bright orange, antique car towing an orange casket behind it.

Second place went to a float by Awnna’s Acres made up of hay bales and cornstalks and third place went to Tom Woodward for his Silver King tractor.

Woodward thanked her fellow committee members for their hard work, including Sandy Askin, Joanne Burek, Pat Bannister, Carol McEntarfer, Janine Salzman, Jodi Johnson, Terri Rosier, Penny Knupfer, Pat Morelle and Mike Campaign. She also thanked Bob Bannister (for the pumpkins and setup), Dave McEntarfer, Forestville Central School and the Forestville Fire Department for contributing to the festivities.

“Jim Tofil, an antique appraiser, was also here with the craft and food vendors and he is wonderful because he contributes money he makes off of appraisals at the Fall Fest back to the event,” Woodward said.

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