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Nice Weather Brings Large Crowds to Annual Festival

Posted: Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 6:22 am
Author: KCII News - Bill Gatchel


The weather this past weekend helped to draw large crowds to an annual event in Kalona.  The Kalona Fall Festival is held each year the last weekend in September and Nancy Roth from the Kalona Historical Society says the weather allowed more people to attend this year.  She says while providing new activities each year, the festival also keeps people coming back for other types of entertainment.

Popular chainsaw carvings were auctioned off with several selling for over $100.  Returning for the second year was the talent contest where 11 acts performed ranging from singing to tap dancing.

Chainsaw carving items and prices sold at auction:

Pumpkin – $150
Mushroom – $45
Hawkeye – $80
Bear on a Tree – $350
Horse Head and Bench – $325
Hummingbird – $150
Love Birds – $190
Cowboy Hat and Boots – $80

Talent show winners by age division:

12 & Under
1st – Halle Fish age 11 of Bettendorf, IA – Sang A Capella
2nd – Jaycee Stapp age 12 of Washington, IA – Solo Dance
3rd – Joey Gatchel age 10 of Wellman, IA – Sign Language
4th – Maggie Smith age 11 1/2 of Crawfordsville, IA  – Tap Solo

1st – Tympest Crawford age 15 of Brighton, IA – Tap Solo
2nd – Shari Temple age 16 and Holly Vittetoe age 15 of Keota, IA – Clog Acro Duet
3rd – Jamie TeBockhorst age 13 of Wellman, IA – Solo Dance
4th – Madisen Neilsen age 14 of Washington, IA – Tap Solo

1st – Julia Humphreys and Rosemary Harris of Colombus Junction, IA – Tap Duet
2nd – Bill Gatchel of Wellman, IA – Sign Language
3rd – Alvin Geigley of Kalona, IA – Played the Dobro