NORWOOD - With the color changing leaves and gradual drops in temperature comes another annual event to St. Lawrence County - the Norwood Autumn Festival.
Saturdays version will be the 41st installment of the event and 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 every September, and 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 between 35 and 40 vendors present at the event, coming from Malone, Watertown and other surrounding areas.
Louise Pierce and members of her family help run the festival, and Ms. Pierce has been involved with the festival 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, Ms. 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 for the festival, making it hard to keep track of how big the turnout is, but Mr. McFaddin said that an estimate of 1,000 people would be a conservative one.
The food and refreshments are provided by the Norwood Kiwanis Club. They will have a snack bar at the municipal building.
Mr. McFaddin noted it is impressive for an event to last nearly half a century and credits Ms. Pierce and her family for much of the success.
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.