Sept. 21: Fullerton, N.D., Festival a transition from threshing show

Farm Forum

On Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Fullerton Park, the community is hosting its first Fullerton Festival. This is a one day gathering for good food, good music, good company, demonstrations, a pie contest & auction and a raffle, as well as games, contests and competitions for everyone. This Festival replaces Fullerton’s annual Threshing Show.

New features of the Festival will include a pinochle tournament, bean bag toss and horseshoe competitions, a softball game, a beer garden and evening music by Barry Glynn. From his night club acts Barry will feature Irish folk music and the songs of Bob Dylan. Yes, and probably to include, “The Times They Are a-Changing.’”

The new Festival will be for the one day only starting at 8 a.m. and running to 8:30 p.m. While there will not be a big parade or threshing demonstration, there will still be a “Kid’s Parade” (along with a series of kid’s games culminating in a pedal pull contest). The sawmill, blacksmithing, shingle making, wool making and wool spinning demonstrations that were held during the Threshing Shows will be continued at the Fullerton Festival this year.

Starting the day with the Thresher’s Breakfast was a long tradition at the Fullerton Threshing Shows. This tradition will be maintained as the new Fullerton Festival will also open the day with the same Thresher’s Breakfast menu. The breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. While the price will only be slightly higher (now $7 adults, $3.50 ages 6 to 12, free ages 5 and under) overall it will be an even greater bargain for those who used to come only for the breakfasts because this year there will be no gate or parking charges. From noon to 2 p.m. barbecue, hotdogs, chips, bars, coffee and lemonade will be available at the Main Park Building. Also during the day the 4-H club will offer snacks and soft drinks at their pavilion.

Supper will not be the traditional beef and pork barbecue. Instead from 5:30 to 7 p.m. a roast beef, baked potato, cold slaw, beans, bun, coffee and lemonade supper will be served at the Main Park Building. In spite of there being no gate charge and in spite of all the inflation in food prices over the past two years the supper prices will be maintained at the levels they were for the last Threshing Show in 2011. The prices are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 12 and free to children 5 and under.

As in the past, the proceeds from the pie auction and the Carroll House raffle will be specifically designated to support the upkeep and preservation of the Carroll House. New windows are needed on the Carroll House and the goal to maintain the historic integrity of the building makes this a very expensive project.

All other proceeds, if any, go to the Fullerton Community Betterment Association (FCBA), a not for profit organization that serves the people of Fullerton and the surrounding communities.

All bakers are encouraged to join the Apple Pie Contest. Entries should be brought to the Carroll House between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. In the Park beginning at 3:30 p.m. the winning pies will be announced, the bakers will be awarded and the apple pies will be auctioned.

Call either Jim Glynn (701 375-6369) or Jerry Kelsh (701 375-7521).