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Pumpkin painting and pony rides mark the beginning of fall

“The more glue, the better,” joked Sarah Baughman as she watched her son, Tyler, dab yet another spot of glue onto his pumpkin Saturday at the Fall Festival. He kept adding items like little felt mummies and vampires to his masterpiece, while his younger sister, Nicole, searched for yet another feather for her own creation.

Housed under a tent outside the John Graham Public Library, elementary-aged children painted pumpkins and created scarecrows. Then, they proudly revealed the finished product to their parents with pride.

“Our fall festival has blossomed and expanded every year,” Bob Over said as singer Wil Carmichael played easy listening tunes for the crowd. He said that the event is a “kid-oriented” fund-raiser for the Friends of the Library.

Over and his wife, Linda, are the original coordinators of the event, but have given most of that responsibility over to Dave and Lorie Howland.

“We were mobbed even before we opened at 10 (a.m.),” said Lorie.

She said the Friends of the Library sold out of about 100 fall mums very quickly. And, although Lorie and her husband did some of the coordination, she said Bob and Linda “still had to do a 100 things.”

“The big feature is the dime toss,” Over said.

Children could win plates, mugs, glasses, mugs, figurines and other wares.

“It’s a good kick-off to the fall season,” said Newville resident Ellen Cherricks about the festival, as one of her three children begged for more money to play the dime toss. Cherricks was already holding bowls, drinking glasses, a flowerpot and a wooden whistle.

Earlier, the children went on a five-minute hayride through the Borough of Newville.

“The hayride was wonderful,” said Cherricks. “They liked the tractor.”

Another feature was the pony rides in the backyard of the library.

“I always ride the pony,” said 8-year-old Natalia Darr.

She said she got a little scared when the saddle moved while riding, but other than that “it was fun.”

The library’s director, Mary Schoedel, said she thought the festival had a “good turnout” and was glad the event could bring more attention to the library. She said most of the day’s proceeds would go toward purchasing books and a new paper shredder.

Over said Friends of the Library donations over the years have helped to paint the library, to update the building’s electrical wiring and to purchase a new air conditioner.

 

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