It was the once a year event in Angola, Indiana where the streets are blocked off and folks meander through town walking or on bikes as we celebrate the coming of Autumn.
There were two stages this year...the Main stage and the children's stage as well as roving artists.
I was up early on Saturday to participate in the 5K run...although I walked the run. It was beautiful with a hint of fall in the air as we walked around town early in the morning. By the time the awards were given, the sun was high and the chill was off and folks were perusing the crafts booths and the music was starting.
I looked at the old quilts at the church as the sun slanted in through the stained glass windows, bought homemade candles, listened to music, visited with friends and told stories on the new children's stage. It was great to have friends and neighbors come to my performance!
The day ended with a hoe down at Pokagon State Park. I have been attending this hoe down for at least 25 years! Prairie Fire String Band provided the music as we dance squares and rounds until late in the evening. The parking lot was full of dancers and lookers as some sat in chairs in enjoyed the music from the sidelines. The boy scouts sold coffee and cider and hot dogs to keep us going through the night. The sky was full of stars and the bonfire was enough to keep the chill away.
Today was more of the same music and crafts. I was downtown at 6 when the tearing down began...always sad to have another festival over, but it was a perfect week end.
Lou Ann Homan is a storyteller, teacher, writer, and dreamer of dreams. She can be found writing late into the night under the light of her red fringed lamp in Angola, Indiana.