DARRTOWN – The annual Darrtown Fall Festival was held Saturday, Sept. 10 in E-Dot Park. The family-friendly festival offered something for everyone, with several activities, competitions, prizes, and numerous vendor booths.
Contests included the corn hole tournament, plastic disc throwing, and the women’s skillet toss. A tractor tire flip was canceled due to rain.
The skillet toss is the big event of the festival, with 34 women participating. The toss was broken into team division and individual division. For the team division, in age group 30-49 first place went to Katie Bray, Christy Snyder, Julie Treadway, and Jessica Blevins for a combined 146 feet. In the combined age group, first place went to Janet Pater, Lindsey Holden, Laura Anderson, and Kelli Stark for a combined 145 feet.
Lindley noted, “The record for a team toss was not broken. A combined toss of 158.5 feet by Tammy Thome, Dawn Clak, Emma Kuhlman, and LeAnn Hendricks in 2015 still stands as the all-time best skillet toss by a team of four.”
Emily Ippolito won age group 30-49 in the individual division for her toss of 49 feet. For age group 50-plus Vicki Wolpert won for 42.6 feet.
“The record for an induvial toss was not broken. Shelly Collopy’s toss of 53.5 feet in 2015 remains the all-time best skillet toss by an individual,” Lindley added.
Captain Phil Adkins led his corn hole team “Shake and Bake” to its win for the second year in a row. Fifteen teams competed in the corn hole tournament.
Texas Poker was offered, as well as many prizes. There was a $100 “gate prize” anyone who signed up at the Welcome Tent was entered for. Tina Vrabel-Hansel won that prize.
“Tracey Hulshult and Tonya Roberts won the $50 Scavenger Hunt prize, by taking photos of objects and people found within E-Dot Park and uploading those images to the Darrtown Reunion Facebook page.”
A parade kicked off the event.
“In the Parade Competition Division, Earl Stang, captured the ‘People’s Choice’ Award, which included a $50 prize, by driving a tractor-pulled farm wagon float that displayed a presidential election theme,” Fred Lindley said.
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church was the main food vendor, with their Biergarten, which offered the St. Matthew “Special,” pulled pork, brat, mett, hot dog, chips, desserts, beer, pop, and water.
For the children, there was a “Kids’ Zone” and a new playground. Both were a hit with the kids, and with the parents, as it gave the latter some free time to look around at the many vendors and booths.
Live music played throughout the event, including the Coke Otto Boys, Ron & Joe, Southern Cross, and there was “dancing on stage” by Robyn’s Dance Studio, Thankful Hearts, and Dashboard Mary.
Donors for the event included Oxford’s McDonalds, Don’s Carry Out, Koenig Equipment, Inc., Ron & Kathy Wiley, Charles & Joan Teckman, Schott Monument Company, Community First Maintenance Dept., Deborah & Fred Lindley, Betty & Jack Daniels, Kirk & Linda Mee, Joan & Roger Wiley, Reffitt’s Garage, John Newman, Pro Fast Delivery, Joe & Janet Pater, Jacob Taylor, Lance Broshear, Eddie “Rock” Stang, Helen Marchant, Gene & Freda Derickson, Herb Petri, Bruce & Mary Guiler, Mark Baden, Phil Wisecup, Marvin & Patty Russell, Stang’s Auto & Repair, Gramco Feed Co., Spectrum, Bethart Printing Solutions, Rebecca Evans, Bob & Fran Young, Don & Becky Beckett, and DIT Creations.
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