Edwards Fall Festival Full Of Fantastic Fun

Judy Kramer
Enterprise Staff
Fall activities usually begin in September with festivals and fairs that bring people outdoors to shop and enjoy cooler weather.  One September tradition is the Edwards Fall Festival put on by the Edwards Area Community Center and the Deer Creek Fire District. This year it was held on September 15, an unusually sunny and hot day compared to cool or rainy days of the past. 
The Festival took place at the Community Center on Hwy 7 South, and in Firehouse #4 on the opposite of the street. John Spry, Chief of the Deer Creek Fire District also happens to be president of the community center, making it easy to recruit festival volunteers from both organizations. Spry remembers that when he was a teenager, in 1980, the festival was called the “Wing-Ding” and included a big carnival. Ida Mae Campbell was instrumental in planning the festivals in those days, and also donated land to the community center.  The two Edwards organizations are a driving force in the community, bringing many of the 2,000 plus residents in the 65326 zip code together at different events during the year. 
Vendors included the familiar pumpkin patch, farmer’s market, bake sale, and Tupperware. There was also a raffle for $250 (that will continue past the end of the festival) and a 50/50 raffle where the winner shared proceeds with the festival sponsors. Plenty of food and drink was available for sale at the firehouse where major volunteers, Sheila Patton, Terri Proctor and Margaret Spry hung out during the day. 
A corn hole tournament took place at 10 AM where contestants threw bean bags through a hole trying to be the first to earn 21 points and be declared the winner.  Chief Spry said that it was called a corn hole tournament because the game originated when corn was stuffed in bags instead of beans. A color guard performed at noon, the same time that the pie auction began. A silent auction had more items this year than in the recent past, and ended at 2 PM.
Although the amount of funds raised by the festival has not been determined as of press time, the money will go towards maintenance of the community building, and two scholarships to high school seniors awarded in the spring.
Meetings of the Edwards Area Community Corporation, take place at the community center on the second Thursday of each month, except during winter months. Meet and Greet begins at 6 PM, and the meeting begins at 6:30 PM.