Sunday, February 25, 2024

Weather did not dampen the spirit of Fall Festival

Mother Nature has her ways of letting us know who is in control.

The weather went from calm to windy, from rainy to sunny and from comfortable to cold for the past weekend’s three-day Johnson County Fall Festival in Vienna.

The annual Fall Festival is hosted by Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. This year’s festival was sponsored by the City of Vienna and many local businesses.

While several vendors were setting their displays Thursday afternoon, a brief period of high wind overturned several canopies, destroying the framework and spreading merchandise across the ground.

Thursday evening’s scheduled events were cut short or rescheduled when heavy rain and wind set in. The park was closed within an hour of the festival’s official 6 p.m. start. There was only enough time for the annual chili cook.

The talent show, set for Thursday evening, was rescheduled to Saturday afternoon.

Friday evening brought much cooler temperatures as a cold front continued to move through the region.

The drop in temperature did not prevent hundreds of carnival goers, many with heavy jackets and blankets, from enjoying the rides and live entertainment by Bryan Pender’s Band.

Saturday morning’s parade once again proved to be the favorite part of the annual event. The streets around the public square, Main Street and the rest of the parade route, including the 4-way intersection, were filled with spectators.

The parade had nearly 90 scheduled entries including area emergency vehicles, bands, a host of decorative floats representing churches, civic groups and area businesses, and a line of tractors and horses.

Saturday afternoon’s rescheduled talent show attracted more participants and spectators than anticipated. Young talent from across the area entertained the audience for nearly an hour and a half. Talents included children ranging in age from six to 14.

Larrah Miller, of Vienna, was crowned Little Miss Tour de Johnson County Saturday afternoon.

As the sun was setting Saturday, Nashville singer Stacy Lynn took to the stage in front of a large crowd for an hour of entertainment, followed by photo opts and autographs.

With temperatures plummeting to the low 40s in the seven-o’clock hour, the staging area was filled even more to hear Blend, an Energy, Ill., acapella doo wop group. Blend performed from 7-9 p.m.

The activities at the Vienna City Park did not end with the Fall Festival.

Sunday brought the first Vienna Pumpkin Run car show to the park, sponsored by the City of Vienna.

Seventy-plus antique, classic and unique vehicles lined the city park, anticipating on being named the “Great Pumpkin.”

To see all of the event winners pick up your copy of this week’s Vienna Times at our office or any of our local dealers.