NORWOOD With the leaves changing colors and the drops in temperature comes another annual pastime in St. Lawrence County: the Norwood Autumn Festival.
Saturdays version, the 41st, will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Norwood Village Green band shell. The festival takes place on the third Saturday of September.
Mayor James H. McFaddin is expecting another exciting day.
Its just amazing how this is one of the largest, most popular events here. A lot of people come to enjoy it here in Norwood, Mr. McFaddin said. They come from all over St. Lawrence County. It draws a good crowd. There will be many vendors, and there will be the bounce house and slides for the kids. There will be a lot of great entertainment.
There will be 35 to 40 vendors present, coming from Malone, Watertown and elsewhere.
Louise M. Pierce and members of her family help run the festival. She has been involved with it since 1998.
It started in 1972 with just an art show. There have been pet shows, Little Miss pageants, etc. The last few years we have added the car show and that has become popular, Mrs. Pierce said. Now we have a car show, crafts, exhibits, food sales, entertainment and plenty of refreshments. Its a good day and everyone seems to enjoy it.
There is no admission charge for the festival, making it hard to keep track of how big the turnout is, but Mr. McFaddin said a conservative estimate would be 1,000 people.
The food is provided by the Norwood Kiwanis Club.
Mr. McFaddin said it is impressive for an event to last nearly half a century, and he praised Mrs. Pierce and her family for their contribution.
The Pierce family deserves a lot of credit for staging this event for the community. It is great for local businesses and is a great event for the entire family, he said.