A few hundred people showed up in Noxen on Saturday to enjoy food, entertainment and 70 vendors at the fourth annual Noxen Fall Festival.
Although the skies were heavily overcast, no rain fell, as folks checked out goods created by local crafts people, exotic animals, food, and music provided by the Dee Maple String band.
“We’re raising money to help build a children’s recreation center,” explained Leslie Long, president of the committee overseeing the project.
The center is the brainchild of Ron Swingle.
“I’ve lived here all my life,” Swingle explained. “I wanted Noxen to have a place that would be just for the kids.”
Long said that once completed the center will also house a food pantry. Land for the center was donated by Russell Newell. The well for the project was drilled at no cost by Sobers Well.
She estimated the cost of the building will be between $80,000 and $90,000.
“We’re about half-way there now,” she said.
About 15 to 20 volunteers helped make the event a success, she said.
Committee member Pearl Race said that local artist Chuck Kovalick donated a painting ‘The Butterfly’ for the basket raffle, that numbered 90.
Long also thanked the Independent Baptist Church for donating the use of its pavilion and its electricity for the event.
People perused photographs of many famous performers - including Elvis Costello - at G’s Pictures. Vendor Gayle Ruckstuhl of Harveys Lake, also sold musically related jewelry to customers.
“It’s really good to come out,” she said. “I was here last year, and it’s great to help the community.”
Folks were able to get up close and person with snakes, lizards, parrots, ferrets and alpacas at Endless Dreams Animals of Benton.
“I thinks it’s awesome that I get to be able to handle a snake,” said Mihayla White, 9, of Harveys Lake.
One new event this year was a car show. A big attraction was a hybrid vehicle - combination of plow truck and a panel truck. The hybrid was created by Pete Gillingham of Forest Lake, after purchasing both vehicles more than four years ago in Springville.
Another interesting vendor was David Hopfer of Noxen, who, with his wife Donna, restore 18th Century furniture, as well as creating modern day replicas.
“It’s a way of portraying history,” David Hopfer explained.