By Nancy R. Elliott The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin
---- — DALEVILLE – It’s all about community. This weekend, Daleville hosts a celebration that marks the season as well as the fellowship of a close community. Autumnfest kicks off Friday, Oct. 11 with evening activities and runs through Sunday, Oct. 13. This marks the eighth celebration of Autumnfest in the town that’s home to just over 1,600 folks.
“I’ve grown up in Daleville,” said Autumnfest organizer Kathy Richman. “I think it’s a great way to bring people together. I like our little tight-knit community.”
Autumnfest originated eight years ago, the brainchild of Mary Jo Hall. Richman described the idea as, “Why can’t we highlight what a great place Daleville is?”
The fun isn’t hard to find. The festival is located on the grounds of Daleville Community Schools behind Daleville Elementary at 8600 S. Bronco Drive. Entrance to the festival and parking are both free. Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, and all throughout the weekend, carnival rides, concessions, vendor booths and the Autumnfest raffle will be open.
Friday night, meet the Autumnfest Citizen of the Year, James King. King started walking a police beat in 1989, and has served as Daleville’s police chief since December 2008.
“He and his force are actively involved in this community,” said Richman. Indeed, the police are hosting the Autumnfest car show on Saturday, raising funds to support Operation Christmas.
Also, Friday, the winners of the Autumnfest essay contest will be named. Two graduating high school seniors, one male and one female, will each be awarded a $500 scholarship through the Autumnfest committee. Eight youths submitted essays to the competition, on the topic, “How Can I Impact the Daleville Community?”
Saturday, Autumnfest goes into high gear with the farmers market, car show, and the ever popular pet contest in addition to rummage sales all over town, and the ongoing carnival and vendor activities. A number of competitions will be hosted by various school organizations, not the least of which will be cow patty bingo played on the field with a little bovine cooperation.
Toward evening, head to the fire station for its annual pork chop dinner. At 7 p.m., the Wright Place mother-and-daughter duo takes the stage.
On Sunday, the carnival rides and vendors reopen, and the fun continues with the baking contest and chili cook-off.
All throughout Daleville’s Autumnfest, members of its community are engaged, from the police department to the schools, churches and organizations.
“We try to encourage the community to be involved,” said Richman.
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If you go: Daleville Autumnfest, Oct. 11-13 Friday, Oct. 11 Vendor booths and carnival open 5 to 10 p.m. 5 p.m. Autumnfest raffle opens 6 p.m. Citizen of the Year, James King 6 to 8 p.m. Chicken noodle dinner 6:30 p.m. Scholarship winners announced 7 to 10 p.m. Band showcase at 4-H Pavilion Saturday, Oct. 12 Vendor booths and carnival open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Rummage sales throughout Daleville. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Farmers Market 12 to 5 p.m. Operation Christmas Car Show 12 to 6 p.m. Baseball/softball throw, golf chipping, free throw/3-point competition, cow patty bingo, greased pig competition 1 p.m. Fluffy and Furry Friends Pet Contest 4 to 8 p.m. Salem Twp. Fire Department pork chop dinner 7 p.m. Wright Place musical duo Sunday, Oct. 13 Vendor booths and carnival open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 12 to 3 p.m. Baking contest 12 to 4 p.m. Chili cook-off 3:30 p.m. Raffle ticket sales end, with winners drawn at 4 p.m.