LAUREL - Enjoying perfect weather, a steady stream of Highway 14 travelers turned off the road and mingled with local residents Friday. Drawn together by the bustle of the vendors and the smell of barbecue, Laurel's Flavors of Fall Celebration was underway.
This first-time event was organized by Beth McCarville and Ellen Hiemstra from Hotger's Cornerstone Country Store.
"In many ways it's been a tough year, and we wanted to do something to bring folks together," Hiemstra said. "Family is important and this community is our extended family. It's fun to be in a small close knit community like this." Hiemstra hopes the celebration becomes an annual event for the community.
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Ellen Hiemstra and Judi Hotger watch as Bonnie Ohrt and Joyce Bollhoefer use a spinning wheel during Laurel’s ‘Flavors of Fall’ on Friday.
Interesting and unique items are available from a variety of vendors and include antiques, collectibles, jewelry, woodworking and rugs. For fans of the antique oriented reality shows like "American Pickers," Jana Lyle was offering an antique Coca-Cola cooler for sale.
Heart of Iowa Communications Cooperative is providing free popcorn and lemonade. For those folks preferring a sit down breakfast or lunch, J & K Diner is featuring extended hours.
Celebrating its six month anniversary the Laurel Community Convenience Store is having an open house with drawings. It is also offering a choice of a barbecued hamburger or hot dog, with chips and drink for $2.
Howard Summers, the store manager, said by 1:30 Friday they'd already served more than 120 meals.
"I'm really pleased with the turnout," he said.
The celebration continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Laurel. If the popularity of the hamburgers is any indicator, the event will be back next year.