Fayette Fall Fest is Saturday 9.24

Written by David Green.

It’s not business as usual at Saturday’s Fayette Fall Fest. This year’s 12th edition has some new features to draw the interest of visitors.

Need to get rid of some frustrations? Head for the parking area next to Fayette Auto Parts, pick up a sledge hammer and let loose on an old car. The Volley for a Cure group is using a “car bash” to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer.

What’s a town festival without a corn hole tournament? It’s become a popular event at several area festivals and the Fall Fest is joining in. It’s a simple game that most anyone can play, although it’s also taken very seriously by some people, noted Amy Mitchell of the festival committee.

The tournament is scheduled on Fayette Street by the supermarket.

There’s been a street dance in the past, Mitchell said, but this year it’s moving inside to the American Legion. Sponsored by the Fayette Firefighter Explorers, the dance is scheduled from 8 to 11 p.m.

It’s been a few years since carnival rides were offered at the Fall Fest, but they’re back this year—well, sort of. The arrangements were made late and the rides won’t be part of the downtown festival. Instead, they will be set up inside the running track.

The carnival owner might also bring some game trailers.

The car and truck show is back in the Methodist Church parking lot after missing last year, and several other events are back for their annual appearance.

The Legion and fire department members will work together on a pancake and sausage breakfast served from 7 to 11 a.m. at the fire hall. The firemen’s annual chicken barbecue will begin at noon.

A pie baking contest will feature apple, pumpkin and pecan. Entries must be turned in by 10 a.m. Saturday.

On the food front, members of the Fayette Christian Church will sponsor their annual bake sale. Members of the Church of the Nazarene will bring back their booth for caramel corn, caramel apples and Hawaiian ice.

Also look for Don Stiriz’s bean and ham soup, the Fine Arts Council’s sausage and hamburgers, the Lion’s Club milkshakes and food from Amigo’s Pizza and the Buckboard Inn.

The younger set will want to visit Kiddieland next to D&R Hardware, operated by the FFA Club.

For entertainment, performances are scheduled on the Village Green by Phyllis Page, Steve and Tina Snider and “Big Al” the singing DJ. Pies from the baking contest will be sold at auction on the Green.

Visitors will be able to shop from a large selection of crafts, flea market items, produce and fall flowers.

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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