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Scottdale Fall Festival a success despite heavy rains

| Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 9:02 p.m.
Rachel basinger | For The Independent-Observer
Gracie Smith, daughter of Kristy and Brad Smith of Scottdale, brought her dog Fred to take part in the dog show.
Rachel basinger | For The Independent-Observer
Lucas Wiltrout, 7, son of Christy and Adam Wiltrout of Bullskin Township, takes time to feed a goat at the petting zoo.

Even though the middle day featured a torrential downpour, it appeared the three-day Scottdale Fall Festival was a success.

“I believe everything went well in spite of the rain,” said Rick Thomas, head chairman of the planning committee. “We got all the musical groups off and the parade continued as usual although everybody got a little wet. Asking all the vendors and crafters, they said in spite of Saturday they had a relatively good weekend.”

The festival took place Sept. 20-22 in Scottdale and the Friday and Sunday events took place under beautiful sunny skies. However, that was not the case Saturday as the rains came early and often and somewhat heavy at times, while being accompanied by strong winds.

“Friday and Sunday were great days,” Thomas said. “Sunday being such a great day, we were able to make up some of the people present (for the event).”

But as is always the tradition, the three days did offer a chance for people to socialize and in some cases see old friends.

“Even though it's a small town, it's a chance for everybody to gather and renew old acquaintances,” Thomas said. “It's a homecoming. People do plan to come back that weekend and see old friends.”

New to this year's festival were Shakespeare in the Park performances by members of the Geyer Performing Arts Center. Of course, they were forced inside due to Saturday's rain but the performances appeared to be well-received.

“Shakespeare in the Park was a great addition to the festival,” Thomas said. “We look forward to them continuing with the festival. They also had a great time and enjoyed being a part of the festival.”

Thomas said even though this year's event just recently culminated, plans are already in the works for next year's festival which is scheduled for Sept. 19-21. Plus, there may be an extra special feature or two planned for 2014 since it will be the 40th anniversary of the Scottdale Fall Festival.

“We are planning some new and old, returning things,” Thomas said. “We're still in the planning stages. One thing we do know is it's the 40th anniversary so we're looking for bigger and better things.”

Here are some of the dog show contest winners from the 2013 Scottdale Fall Festival.

Top Diva — Dotty N Lovin It (miniature dachshund), owned by Ashtyn and Jackie Younkin of Scottdale.

Top Stud — Bucky (yellow lab), owned by Denise King of Scottdale.

Top Mixed Breed — Jasper (shih tzu/bichon), owned by Geska and Katie Beal of Scottdale.

Most Patriotic Pooch — Breezy (Jack Russel/pug mix), owned by Jessie Stouffer of Scottdale.

Best Dressed — Gizzy (Welsh corgi), owned by Brant Rice of Dawson.

“Paw”ternal Twins — Little Fella (teacup yorkie/yorkshire terrier), owned by Isabella Ferrari of Scottdale.

Shortest Ears — Nico (pomeranian), owned by Cheryl Mascia of Connellsville.

Longest in Length — Tucker (German shepherd), owned by Karen Meteny of Scottdale.

Best Trick(s) — Baby (chihuahua), owned by Glenda Carson of Scottdale.

Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or