Glenn’s Fall-O-Ween Fest opens tonight

WALKERTON — They say school can be fun, but at John Glenn this weekend it is literally a carnival.
The school will be celebrating its second Fall-O-Ween Fest with rides, games, food and concerts all to raise money for scholarships and the non-profit organizations helping with the event. The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, and runs through 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at John Glenn High School, Walkerton.
Last year $12,000 in scholarships went to 16 John Glenn graduating seniors.
“It’s not all that difficult for me, I just have to commit to a few more man hours to coordinate everything,” said Glenn Principal William Morton. “The real work is done by the people and organizations setting up and running everything. And in the end all the work is worth it because of what the money is for – scholarships.”
The Fest kicks off in a new way this year and has several new wrinkles.
“We’re going to have a parade that starts everything off at 5 p.m. It has about 60 entries which is really a nice sized parade for a community this size,” said Morton. “Something new this year, we’re going to have the Notre Dame football game on Saturday on big screen TV right there so people can enjoy the game and the festival at the same time.”
Also added are concerts, including a kids show with Jetta and the Jellybeans.
“We’re also going to have a mechanical bull riding,” said Morton. “As I understand it some of the FFA teams from around Marshall County are going to come in and compete against each other.”
Of course there are the favorites from last year including a carnival midway, Friday fish fry dinner, Saturday and Sunday breakfasts, Saturday Café, arts and crafts fair, children’s events, daily entertainment on stage, petting zoo, farmer’s market, 5K Run, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, giant garage sale and hayrides.
Apple dumplings will be available, but you may want to purchase them early as last year they were sold out by Saturday night. Apple butter will be made by the Meyer Family on site in an old copper kettle over  an open fire from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Then it will be put into jars and sold to the public.
Carnival ride wristbands are available for $15 per day.  Advance sale thru today (Sept. 23) wristband vouchers are $13 at the John Glenn schools.
Entertainment schedule
Friday, Sept. 24
5:45 p.m. — festival opens, with the National Anthem
6 p.m. — The Recall (rock band)
7:30 p.m. — Steve Foresman

Saturday, Sept. 25
2 p.m. — Jetta and the Jelly Beans (kids)
2:30 to 7:30 p.m. — tailgate party (big screen TV projecting the  
Notre Dame game)
4 p.m. — Michael Boone (folk)
5 p.m. —free vhildren’s raffle
6 to 7:30 p.m. Comedy Night, Brett Eastburn & Co. (Auditorium)
7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Cross Roads

Sunday, Sept. 26
1 p.m. John Glenn Show Choirs
1 to 4:30 p.m. NFL under the Big Top
(big screen TV projecting the game)
3 p.m. Fall-O-Ween Raffle