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New Castle Fall Festival features farm produce and cottage crafts

Donna Daniels
Staff Writer

A new celebration is afoot in New Castle next weekend. The Fall Festival, featuring a farmers market and cottage business vendors, runs from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, in downtown New Castle and Burning Mountain Park.

Also featured will be live music, Ron and Cathy Chase’s famous barbecue ribs and all the trimmings, free hot dogs for the kids, family games and just plain fun.

It’s also an opportunity for folks to get together to dedicate a few newly completed town projects including the Mattivi Plaza streetscape and improvements to Burning Mountain Park.

The idea of a fall festival came to chamber members as they were planning the dedications. It seemed like a good chance for people to bring their harvest to town and for cottage businesses, people who work out of their homes, to show off their wares.

“Everyone who is participating does something else for a living,” said New Castle Chamber member Pam Johnson. “Usually it’s a handicraft folks would love to do full time.”

“We’re trying to nurture that passion so they can quit their day jobs,” Johnson said. “It will give them an opportunity to network” and possibly find a venue to sell their wares.

The dedications will start the event at 3 p.m. Johnson said the people who helped with the improvements to Burning Mountain Park such as the new playground equipment, the gazebo and resodding the volleyball court will be recognized.

The chamber also raised money to cover much of those costs and will present a check to the town.

Down Valley Trash will play at the gazebo from 5 to 5:30 p.m. followed by a locals’ variety show. Down Valley Trash will take revelers through to closing at 7 p.m.

The Chase’s barbecue will be served beginning at 5 p.m., but Johnson recommended getting there early at 4:30 because the Chase’s have a reputation for really good barbecue.

Cost of a meal is $6 and includes a half-rack of ribs, potato salad and baked beans.

Free hot dogs are offered to kids courtesy of the Mattivi family.

There will also be family games all afternoon, including apple bobbing, watermelon seed spitting and pie eating contests and a sack race.

Besides the cottage business vendors, West Canyon Tree Farm will have information about tending a garden in this extreme drought such as cultivating the garden for winter, how often to water trees and how to protect perennials over the winter, Johnson said.

Sunshine Organic Gardens in New Castle will be on hand with their bumper crop of watermelons, among other fruits and vegetables.

“They said it was so hot everything exploded this summer,” Johnson said. “They said they have some of the biggest watermelons ever.”

The festival will also kick off a new chamber program, “Buy Local.” Johnson said signs reading “Your Tax Dollars at Work” will be erected at newly completed town projects such as Mattivi Plaza and Burning Mountain Park.

“We want people to know how their sales tax is being spent,” she said.


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