The Funfest took place on the courthouse square, where hopefully the festival will have a permanent home for many years to come.
Events began at 11:00 a.m. with no formal opening ceremony and despite the cool, cloudy weather conditions, a large crowd quickly began gathering for a little fun and enjoyment on a fall afternoon. With the holidays just around the corner, downtown was alive once again, reminding me of the good ole days when the square bustled with activity, and folks chose to shop in Lafayette, instead of driving to Nashville or Bowling Green. I realize times have changed, but we shouldn’t neglect our hometown and the merchants in the downtown area were certainly appreciative of the folks patronizing their stores.
Kinship, the three member band including Dale Meador, Melanie Bowman and Marsha Briggie, kicked off the day with a lively round of music that got people to moving and clapping their hands. Also included in the entertainment lineup were Cherry Cole and her son Tyler, Randy East & Kim, Brenda Blankenship and Eric Cotton.
The events, which included pumpkin painting, bobbing for apples, story telling, face painting, and carriage rides ushered in the fall season and throughout the day drawings were held on the square.
Fall Funfest drawing winners were: Kathy Gordon, $50; Tabitha Gass, $100; Gail Brumbach, $50; Tonya Heady, $100; Pat Shrum, $50; Melissa Shrum, $100; and the $100 gift certificate from Macon Department Store was won by Doug Blankenship.
The Costume Contest winners were 1st place, Sammy Maynard; 2nd place, Jessa Spears; and 3rd place, Hazel Mohon.
A variety of discounts were offered by all the participating merchants, including free balloons, pictures and carriage rides by Jimmy Davis.
The Macon County Chronicle, Johnson’s Jewelers, Cathy’s Flowers & Gifts, Indigo Blues, Macon Department Store, Gibson’s Café, Macon Bank & Trust, Citizens Bank, Eden’s Knives, McClard’s Gifts, Traditions, and Frame-It, who sponsored Saturday’s event, would like to thank the people of Macon County for spending an afternoon visiting on the public square and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again next year at the 2nd Annual Fall Funfest.