Right, three-year-old Carson Vasile and left, five-year-old Carson Bell take a joy ride on one of the rides at the Jordan Fall Festival. Profit from the 65th Annual Jordan Fall Festival goes back into the community. Director Shirley Drummond said some of the funds in the past have benefited the food pantry and senior citizen services.
Jordan Those who attended the 65th annual Jordan Fall Festival this past weekend got their fill of rides, food, and fun amongst sunny skies and friendly faces.
Shirley Drummond, who has chaired the festival committee since 1986, said she had seen a very good turnout with a busy opening night.
“Everything is going exceedingly well,” she added.
Drummond said the annual event raises money for non-profit groups who request funding through the Jordan Community Council.
With more than 400 volunteers working the festival, Drummond said the event tries to profit between $35,000 and $50,000.
She noted that $45,000 of the $50,000 the festival brought in last year has already gone back to the community as of September.
Drummond said some of the funds in the past have benefited the food pantry and senior citizen services.
She said while their primary purpose this year is for the Veterans Memorial pool and the community room at the Jordan Library, she expects some of the funds will also go toward some budget cuts for the Jordan-Elbridge School District.
“It’s a fundraiser for the entire community,” she said.
With attractions for all ages, the festival featured car shows, a pole climb, and carnival-like games, among lots of kid-friendly activities. As for the adults, the festival included lots of arts and crafts, as well as a pre-read book sale.
Although an annual volunteer, Freda McGuire of Jordan also took some time to enjoy the event with her nine-year-old daughter Ranait.
McGuire said she and Ranait had already seen the magic show and were on their way to the Girl Scout game tent.
Milissa Janes traveled from Cato with her three-year-old grandson to attend the fall festival.
Janes said she enjoys the small, local feel of the event, adding she has come the past three years whether it be rain or shine.
“Last year it poured and I was here,” said Janes with a laugh.
Chris Bona, of Auburn, was also among the many people who attended the festival. Although Bona said her children had attended a couple of years ago with their grandparents, the weekend festival was the first for her and her husband.
As of Saturday afternoon, Bona said her family was really enjoying themselves.
“We like the rides. We like the tents, and the kids are having a great time,” she said. “It’s just a great way to spend quality time with the family.”