Autumnfest Committee sends its thanks
To the editor:
“Don’t be late for Autumnfest 2008” was our theme and with this being our 19th year, how better than to have local residents in the entertainment field show their talent. No one can say the weather was a reason to stay away. This year the variety of activities was never ending and all the activities were centered in the heart of the city.
Again this year Mike Holloway did an excellent job with the barbeque competition. Everyone knew there was a competition going on for the best barbeque because you could not drive by the new location without enjoying the fragrance in the air. The competitors began preparing their entries at noon Friday, Sept. 19, on the north end of the shopping center. Just imagine the aroma in the air — makes me want barbeque now.
Saturday morning the day’s activities started with the Edwardsville Kiwanis Club hosting the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at the Edwardsville Elementary School. The Kiwanis have hosted the breakfast for many years and has not let us down yet with a nourishing breakfast. Great job guys!
There was one thing missing last year that was not going to happen again this year: the parade. This year with the help of volunteers, for which we could not have done it, they worked diligently to provide a very entertaining parade. If there is anyone interested in helping the parade committee for 2009, just give us a call at City Hall, 441-3707; we really want to keep this activity on going and growing for the community.
New this year were five — yes five — live free concerts starting at noon. Mr. Fish, a young group with a lot of energy to share with Tyler Kelly at the drums, started off the free concerts. Next came JD & The Groove Pilots with dad Tim Kelly at the drums, also a local talent. Christian Music Ministries had their concert in the Community Center from 3 to 5 p.m. with a large turnout. Flying Debris was on stage at 6 p.m. to prep everyone for the headliner. Vocalist Randy Freeman was backed up by very talented Flying Debris musicians. Maybe we will see them again soon. Country Artist Jessica Horn and her band was the final concert of the evening that was enjoyed by all under the stars of a beautiful evening.
Bank Midwest is one of our local businesses that has always supported Autumnfest, not only with the pumpkin decorating but with support for the whole event. Kaylene Rindom, Jonetta Mellott and the staff at Bank Midwest are great community representatives. They have never turned the kids or us down when asked for assistance. Thank you Bank Midwest.
This year we went with some old-fashioned games for the kids as well as having a moonwalk and an obstacle course. National Honor Society students from Bonner Springs High School were right there, helping the kids enjoy the activities. They seemed to enjoy the fun as well as the kids. We had some very creative crafters, as well as commercial vendors. The annual chili and pie contest had 15 chili and 15 pie entries (the most ever). The judges left with a very full tummy and asked if they could return next year.
Those that sponsored Autumnfest should never go unnoticed because without them there would be no Autumnfest. Big thanks goes to all of our sponsors.
Come be with us next year as we grow both as a community and a festival.