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Increased Attendance at This Year’s Kalona Fall Festival

Posted: Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 6:20 am
Author: KCII News - Sam McIntosh

Sunny weather made for a successful weekend at this year’s Kalona Fall Festival.

Kalona Historical Village Managing Director Nancy Roth comments on the attendance, “We know that we went through approximately 6,000 buttons, so I guess I consider that a pretty good turnout. And I think that the weather definitely always plays a count if people are going to come out and enjoy it, so I think we were very, very happy with the weekend.” The 6,000 buttons cover only the adult admission, as Roth says they sold out of the 400 children’s admission buttons and had to improvise over the weekend.

Besides the festival being a fundraiser for the historical village and for school and church organizations, it impacts local businesses, “Fall Festival is one of the events that goes on in the Kalona area that helps the downtown. Kind of like quilt show, it’s those typical annual events that they look forward to, because they know that they’ll have busier than normal traffic.”

The main focus of the festival for the historical village was getting people to notice the new Wahl Museum building that was constructed over the summer. Roth says 1,300 visitors stepped foot inside the structure, which she hopes got their minds churning about the future of the building, which is set to hold a streetscape exhibit.