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Fall festivities in the Ozarks

                                                                                                                            Photo by Christy Porter
Crafts, decorations, baked goods, hot menu items and friendly fellowship were all available at UMC’s Fall Festival.
By Christy Porter 
Managing Editor

The fall festivities were as diverse as the fall colors. This past weekend, several were held locally. The Licking United Methodist Church held their Annual Fall Festival on Saturday. Montauk State Park continued The Haunting at the Mill.
                                                           Photo by Elijah Hamilton
Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, portrayed by Kevin Smith, 
reminiscences about his journey through Missouri.
The Spring Creek Artisan’s hosted Pumpkin Day at Bonebrake Center in Salem, followed by Bonebrake Center’s Halloween Bash in the evening. Rock Springs Baptist Church held a Fall Revival Friday through Sunday. The Senior Center was decked out for fall at the All You Can Eat Breakfast and many of the silent auction items and the quilt raffle sported fall colors. Then there were hayrides, pumpkin patches, haunted houses, decorations and gatherings around campfires.
Crafts and decorations were in abundance at the Fall Festival at United Methodist Church, ranging from fall through Christmas items and appropriate for gift-giving. Shoppers arrived early and were treated with the best selection of baked goods. There were also hot menu items available that included chili, potato soup, biscuits and drinks for eat-in or take-out. The proceeds from the festival support the church’s ongoing international missionary programs in China and Spain, as well as provide financial assistance in the local community.
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The UMC Men’s Group staffs 6-9 members when holding their barbeques. Present at the Fall Festival were from left: Don Freeze, President; Leonard Floyd; John Bailey, Bratwurst chef; William Roach, Head chef; Doyt Lusby and Rev. Gary Carter.
Also being held at UMC was the BBQ hosted by the church’s Men’s Group. Their menu, available for take-out, included delicious BBQ ribs and chicken wings, original or hot. They had sold out by 11:15 a.m. The Men’s Group hold their BBQ’s three times a year, weather dependent. During the spring yard sale they cook hotdogs, hamburgers and ribs. At the annual rodeo the menu includes brats, ribs, hotdogs and burgers. Local people remember their pork from years past, which is no longer a menu item due to labor intensity. Their proceeds support a church youth member $1000 College Scholarship each year.
                                          Photo by Christy Porter
Beautiful locally made quilts by Kathleen Case Borg 
were on display and for purchase at the UMC Fall Festival.




                                   Photo by Elijah Hamilton
A Shawnee Indian girl shares her tale, 
as portrayed by Beth Hix.
Photo by Elijah Hamilton
Captivating the audience
 on his experiences 
with Native Americans 
was Hernando DeSoto, 
portrayed by Jason Stotler.
Also taking place Saturday was Montauk’s Haunting at the Mill, an historical and family friendly Halloween celebration hosted by Steve Bost. Regaling visitors with stories of long ago were CR Crookshank (Rick Mansfield); 1819 Henry Rowe Schoolcraft (Kevin Smith); an 1871-72 local Miller (Dan Hatch); 1872 storekeeper (David Guthrie); William Furry, Mill builder (Richard MacCallister); Bat bitten girl (Janey Roop); Mrs. Nichols, circa 1917 (Laura Wemhoener); Shawnee Indian girl (Beth Hix); Hernando DeSoto (Jason Stotler); an Osage Indian (Darren Vermillion); also in character were Lori Cody and Kaylyn Dalborn. Melissa Stotler produced the special effects. It was a hauntingly good time.
The Edgar Springs Spooktacular was rescheduled due to inclement weather and is planned for Saturday, Nov. 2.
Among the festivities still to enjoy is the Annual Light the Night scheduled for Halloween, Thursday evening, on Main Street and Trunk or Treat, with the Route 63 Car club at the Senior Center parking lot. Also on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 4 – 6:30 p.m. the New Life Freewill Baptist Church will be hosting their Fall Festival on North Main Street.
                                                                                                            Photo by Christy Porter
Located on Boone Creek Road, a scary zombie-land during the day would be absolutely frightening after dark.
Enjoy fall and the festivities in all their colorful displays!

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