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Autumn Extravaganza
Thousands flood downtown for street fair
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If you were looking for a unique item at Saturday’s 19th annual Autumn Street Fair, Crystal Jahnig had just the thing.
She was making bracelets from guitar strings used by the band Old Crow Medicine Show.
“My husband is the bass player for the band,” said Crystal referring to her husband, Morgan Jahnig. “They are currently taking two months to record a new album and enjoying the extra attention they are getting from Darius Rucker doing a version of their song ‘Wagon Wheel’ that’s gone platinum.”
Old Crow Medicine Show is no stranger to Warren County, having performed in Cumberland Caverns earlier this year for “Bluegrass Underground.”
Jahnig was one of over 200 vendors set up along Main Street and Court Square as visitors enjoyed what shaped up to be a balmy autumn afternoon.
Woodbury resident Kelly McGill made the trip to McMinnville to set up a booth at the Autumn Street Fair for the first time. She was selling mountain elves and other items she makes by hand.
“We’ll travel up to an hour and a half away to do shows like this,” said McGill. “We have something scheduled about every weekend.”
At the World Finance booth, company mascot Mr. World was attracting attention as a giant globe with arms and legs. The business decided to give away items at the street fair and not sell anything.
“Everything in this booth is free,” said employee Marina Taylor. “We have about 700 goodie bags to give away and we’re going face painting. We know what a crowd the street fair draws.”
The WCHS Project Graduation booth was overflowing the baked goods made by seniors and their parents.
“It all looks so good and I haven’t eaten breakfast yet,” said Lonnette Mullican, who was eyeing some Oreo balls.
Local MS Walk organizer Heather George convinced several people to dress up in costume at her booth promoting the annual walk, which is set for next weekend, Oct. 12. If you wanted your picture taken with one of the characters, the cost was a $5 donation.
Jacob Roller was wearing a giant Woody costume from the movie “Toy Story” and was taking some good-natured ribbing. Asked how he was convinced to don the outfit, he said, “I was bribed.”
Allison Moore was a good fit as Snow White and said she had years of practice.
“I’ve been playing Snow White since second grade,” said Moore. “I wore this costume just a few weeks ago at a birthday party.”
Park Theatre Group members had a booth set up outside the theatre which has been approved for $2 million worth of renovation. They expressed excitement the project could be complete by this time next year.
Food vendors were on hand selling munchables of all shapes and sizes. The fare included everything from fresh juice to large pretzels. With so much food, there was also a large amount of trash.
“I have 12 barrels set up for recycling plastics, cans and cardboard,” said green activist Pam Pescevic. “Last year this literally generated tons of trash.”