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10/10/2013 1:33:00 PM
Fall Festival a fun time for all
In addition to Patsy Cline tribute artist Jeanne Cody, local musicians took the stage at the Fall Festival. Photos by Darla Hussey.
In addition to Patsy Cline tribute artist Jeanne Cody, local musicians took the stage at the Fall Festival. Photos by Darla Hussey.
Erik Pague

The second annual Fall Festival at the Othello Christian Church had to move everybody inside due to a powerful rainstorm, but Pastor Nan Riddle said moving the event from the outdoors did little to dampen the spirits of the people who came to the Saturday, Sept. 28, event.
The festival gathered artisans from all around central Washington to display and sell their crafts for a good cause, as attendees were asked to bring canned food donations as their ticket to get inside. The donations went to the Othello Food Bank and when all was said and done, Riddle said the event collected almost 300 pounds of food.
"It was just under 300 pounds so that was great," she said. "It was really cool to see people coming up with their canned goods."
Prior to the event, Riddle said it would take place rain or shine and the wet weather couldn't stop people from showing up. She saw folks lining up almost all day and was happy to see such a steady show of support from the community.
"There was a line of people consistently the whole day through," she said.
At the event, attendees chowed down on burgers, hot dogs and chili and kids spent their time painting pumpkins in a side room of the church. Country music fans were also treated to performances from Patsy Cline tribute artist Jeanne Cody, who brought in plenty of fans on her own, Riddle said.
"She did three different sets of music so we had lots of people who came just to hear her," she said.
The main draw to the event was the sheer variety of items vendors were selling. Riddle said guests bought handmade boots, home décor, candles, jewelry and more for themselves or for a lucky friend or family member to receive under the Christmas tree in a few months.
"I got positive comments from all of (the vendors) and pretty much all the ones I talked to at the end said they were really looking forward to coming back next year," she said. "Every single booth had stuff in it I wanted to buy."
With another successful festival behind her, Riddle hopes it continues to grow and eventually become one of the more popular public events in the community.

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