STATE CENTER - Despite the West Marshall football game that was away Friday, Watson's Fall Festival in State Center had a significant turn out.
The Farmers Market brings the community together from the end of the school year and into the fall, and Saturday was the last night until next year. Kids were enjoying the hayride provided by Bryce and Al Dee and were running around with their balloons shaped as poodles and flowers.
They were also enjoying the bounce house which the State Center Development Association contributed to the evening. The Rose Queen, Kelsiann Halbloom and Runner-up, Kaitlyn Nichols, were operating it throughout the night, making sure the children stayed safe.
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2012 Rose Queen Kelsiann Halbloom stands with Runner Up Kaitlyn Nichols outside the bounce house, Friday, in State Center.
Kelsiann said, "We are having a lot of fun. We have a parade Sunday in Winterset for Covered Bridges."
The two were also really excited to announce that there will be a second annual Queen's Jewels on Nov. 18, and said that "there will be a lot of bling." The Watson's Fall Festival is a great time to bring the community together. "It is a way of celebrating this year's harvest and the success of our community's businesses," said Mayor Harlan Quick.
He also offered some interesting history about the festival, how it started back in 1931 and even took a three year break during World War II. It is a way of remembering State Center's history in a fun and exciting way, he said.
It was a perfect night to end the Farmers Market season. The air was crisp and free caramel apples were being handed out at Mitchell's Family Funeral Home. Many vendors were present, selling baked goods, and fall ornaments- like pumpkins and gourds. Hometown Food's was grilling with a huge turnout. One vendor, Nerd Art by Christina Rushing were selling hand-painted Christmas ornaments that were beautiful.