WALKERTON - There’s a crisp bite in the air and that means the onset of fall in the area and with that John Glenn High School’s Falloween Festival.
“One of our objectives is to raise money for scholarships,” said William Morton, Principal at Glenn High School. “It also allows many of our school organizations to raise money for their activities. Those organizations also donate a portion of what they make to the scholarship fund. I think in the past two years we’ve been able to give away around $50,000 in scholarships.”
There is also another purpose to the celebration.
“One of the best parts is the opportunity for people from all four of the counties around our school to get together for some fun, fellowship and a great time,” said Morton.
The annual celebration will be held this weekend at John Glenn High School, kicking off with the Grand Parade on Friday at 5:45 p.m. The parade will feature Grand Marshals Keitha Nelson - morning news anchor from ABC-57 and Bruce Dayhuff 1973 Glenn grad and member of the Indiana All Star Basketball team for that year. Four high school marching bands will be featured from Argos High School, South Bend Adams High School, New Prairie High School and the award-winning John Glenn Falcon Pride.
A new amusement company, Burton Carnival Midways, will present this year’s carnival midway rides. The large kiddieland is new for Falloween and perfect for smaller children. Wristbands for the midway are available at TCU, Walkerton and Plymouth locations.
Great food is always on the menu for the Festival and new this year is the Tyner IOOF Fish Fry that will be on Friday evening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A drive-through is available at the west entrance (bus entrance) to the high school. If fish isn’t your thing the options are many with Nelson’s Port-a-Pit, BBQ Rib Tips and Pork, Pizza, Rib-eye steak sandwiches, Presbyterian Homemade Apple Dumplings - always one of the highlights of the weekend and the Pie Pantry. The St. Patrick’s pancake breakfast will be on Sunday morning and there will be a new Polish dinner buffet on Sunday afternoon.
Home made apple butter will be available on Saturday and Sunday.
A three-minute morning display (teaser) of the Falloween Fireworks will take place at 6:40 a.m. on Friday morning. You can watch WNDU’s live coverage at that time. The spectacular Falloween Fireworks display is scheduled for Saturday evening, Sept. 22. The best viewing is from the carnival midway.
Parking is limited on the Falloween grounds and free on Friday evening. Parking on the grounds is $1 on Saturday and Sunday. Additional free parking is available at the Walkerton Parks Dept. and First Presbyterian Church. Shuttle service is available by way of the Greentown Lions Club Train. The train runs from the Walkerton Parks Dept.(Georgia St.) to the First Presbyterian Church (Georgia St.) for a nominal charge.
Two special entertainers are to be on stage on Saturday with Anaya Jolie - 10 year old country singer - and guest artist, Emilee Allan (country entertainer from Nashville, TN). Just for fun will be the Teacher Band hitting the stage the same day. Sunday features the musical talents of 4 JGHS teachers. John Thomas, Dan Fortlander, Dan Drotar & Richard Fansler will provide the entertainment. Thomas will also present 100 of his paintings to be sold for student scholarships.
“We also want everybody to know that we have large flat screen T.V.’s throughout the festival,” said Morton. “That’s so nobody will have to miss any football to come out and enjoy some home made food and fun. You’ll be able to watch Notre Dame and Michigan while you enjoy the fireworks.”
The festival is sponsored this year by TCU and R&B Car Company. For more info you can visit www.falloweenfest.com