Garden Club Hosts Successful Fall Festival

In addition to fall festivities, the Garden Club also hosted a Chili Cookoff. Joey and Gunner, left, took home the people’s choice award for their “Main Street Customs Chili.” Katie Shelton and Tara McWhorter, right, won the judges choice award for their “Kick Off Your Heels Chili.”

The Altamont Garden Club held their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23. The weather didn’t really cooperate as the temperatures reached into the 90’s, but the crowds came making for a successful event. The fund raiser is held to help offset the cost of the beautiful hanging baskets placed throughout Altamont each summer.

Along with a bake sale, a pie and cake auction, a silent auction, and a chili cookoff was held. The chili cookoff was spearheaded by Nancy Byars, who has been at the helm of this event for seven years. Winner of the judge’s choice award was Katie Shelton and Tara McWhorter, owners of KT’s Boutique, with their “Kick Off Your Heels Chili.” The people’s choice award went to Joey and Gunner Stewart, the father/son team from Main Street Customs, with their “Main Street Custom Chili.”

In addition to all the above activities, pumpkins, mums and Indian corn was sold as well as hot dogs, porkburgers, chips, and drinks.

Entertainment was provided throughout the afternoon as emcee for the event, Scott Beal, announced when events were to begin. Eric Meier was the auctioneer for the pie and cake auction which saw some spirited bidding.

Across the bridge were the children’s activities, including face painting, cotton candy and rock finding, which saw 20 young lucky winners receive a gold dollar coin for the shiny gold rocks they found. The Altamont Fire Volunteer Fire Department was also present with their fire truck again this year, showing children the equipment and letting them climb inside.

Youth from the high school also provided support throughout the day, earning credit toward their community service hours.

People were also treated to several vendor booths, from clothes to wooden carvings.

With everyone’s efforts and hard work, the event was a wonderful success. As the fall season winds down, the Altamont Garden Club once again would like to thank everyone for their hard work throughout the summer, keeping the hanging baskets beautiful.

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