2015 Mount Pulaski Fall Festival living "Community Pride"

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[September 14, 2015]  MOUNT PULASKI - The 2015 Mount Pulaski Fall Festival kicked off Friday evening under clear skies and cool conditions.

Community Pride member Todd Cyrulik gave the opening remarks and thanked the community for its support of the event. Cyrulik also asked for a moment of silence for Rich Fulscher, a former Community Pride member who recently passed away. Cyrulik noted that "Rich was a part of the team that brought the fall festival back in the '80s."

Pastor Mark Weber of the Mount Pulaski Christian Church also spoke on this September 11th evening and asked for a moment of silence and prayers "for those whose lives will never be the same" after the tragic events of that fateful day. "In times of tragedy communities come together," Pastor Weber reminded everyone as he also spoke of being very thankful for our freedom. This freedom allows members of small communities like Mount Pulaski to gather and peacefully enjoy the simple things in life.

The Fall Festival is also an opportunity for parents and grandparents to beam with pride as their little ones take the stage in the children's pageants on opening night. The stage was filled with contestants but only two got to take home a crown, while the third was decorated with a bandana. Elyssa Marten was named Little Miss Mount Pulaski while Josey Kiper was the Junior Miss Mount Pulaski. Meanwhile little Ryder Collier, decked out in bibs and a John Deere hat, took home the Cutest Li'l Farmer bandana around his neck.

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The rest of Friday evening was spent with children happily bouncing around in the inflatables, compliments of Basset's Mechanical of Mount Pulaski, while the adults enjoyed the band Madd Hoss Jackson in the Jaycees Beer Tent.

Saturday was a full morning of activities which included the INB 5K, the Zion Lutheran Youth Fellowship and Evangelism 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, the Jaycee's Kiddie Tractor Pull, a Bake-off and a Chili Cook-off.

The Community Pride parade kicked off afternoon activities and that was followed by the Community Band Concert. The grade school and high school cheerleaders also entertained the crowd with dance routines.

The evening highlights were the eating contests, which featured contestants eating hot chicken wings, and hypnotist William Mitchell, who managed to put a stage full of folks of all ages under hypnosis. The night wrapped up with Rob Seibert hosting Win, Lose or Draw on the main stage and the band X-Crush closing out the festival in the Jaycee's Beer Tent.

[Teena Lowery]

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