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Festival kicks off Fall in Wathena

Fall festival brings community together in Wathena, KS

Posted: Sep 2, 2018 12:10 AM
Updated: Sep 2, 2018 11:42 AM

(WATHENA, Ks.) - The temperatures may have said summer, but that didn’t stop people from coming out to celebrate the season of fall in Wathena, Ks.

"It's an opportunity for us to just get together as a city and continue to be neighborly," John Cluck, an organizer for the festival, said.

The annual Fall festival is a hit for the Wathena community.

"Me and my family been out here, the grandkids love it, I invite everyone to come and have a good time," Arthur Griffin, a festival attendee, said. 

Griffin adds, there’s something for everyone to do, whether that’s just having fun, or raising money for a good cause.

"We are selling beef burgers for the Lady Cyclones for a fundraiser for our basketball team for the local high school," Kallie Hawkins, a high school on the basketball team, said. 

The festival also has something for the taste buds, with all the carnival food one would expect, plus a pie auction for those with a sweet tooth.

"Our goal here is to bring our town together and let people come together to enjoy some of the fruits of their summer’s work," Cluck added. 

Organizers and festival goers alike say, it doesn’t matter where you come from, because at this festival, everyone is welcome.

"Everyone here treats you just like family." Griffin said. 

The one and only rule, is to simply have good time

"If you wanna have fun, this is the place to be." Griffin said.

Late results from the pie auction reported $2,650 was raised by auctioning all 30 entries. The festival will continue on Sunday. 

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