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"The Marcellus community deserves a day like today"

Ten Irish road bowing teams competed at the Marcellus Fall Festival last Sunday. Pictured are members of Murphy’s Law and Shaking Shamrocks. From left to right, Kerry McPhillips, Ryan Reynolds, Kate Boyce, Molly Brennan, Michaela Murphy, Jenny Boynce and Erin O’Hern.

Ten Irish road bowing teams competed at the Marcellus Fall Festival last Sunday. Pictured are members of Murphy’s Law and Shaking Shamrocks. From left to right, Kerry McPhillips, Ryan Reynolds, Kate Boyce, Molly Brennan, Michaela Murphy, Jenny Boynce and Erin O’Hern. Laura Stabbert

— “The Marcellus community deserves a day like today, it is a very close knit community and today is just absolutely fantastic,” said Kathy Kusnierczuk, 35-year Marcellus resident and President of the Optimist Club of Marcellus.

Kusniercz along with Pam Carey; president of Friends of Marcellus Park and Rita Griffin; board member of Reason 2 Smile joined forces to sponsor the Marcellus Fall Festival which was held from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, September 25, at Marcellus Park.

This was the third year of the festival and Kusnierczuk said the growth of the festival was obvious.

“It’s a ten-fold growth from the first year, and we hope next year everybody brings more friends back.”

About 20 vendors were present at the festival along with food, music and games for the whole family.

Among the most popular events of the day was a kickball tournament and for the first year, an Irish road bowling tournament.

Irish road bowling was started in the 16th century by Irish soldiers who created a game using a small cannon ball to pass the time, explained Kusnierczuk. This year 10 Irish road bowling teams competed.

Keela Dates, the founder and executive director of Reason 2 Smile had a stand of home-made donuts and apple cider, all proceeds of the organization go to the efforts of creating schools in third world countries.

There was no admission fee to get into the festival and already organizers and participants are excited about next year.

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