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Gloversville Fall Fest brings out celebrants

Kevin Reddiough of Gloversville hangs on to a moving steer on Saturday at the Fall Fest in Gloversville's Trail Station Park. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

GLOVERSVILLE — Vince Deshane of Perth sized up what seemed obvious about this year’s Fall Fest Saturday in Trail Station Park.

“We were here last year,” he said. “It’s much bigger this year.”

“Easily we’ve had 800 people,” said Jay Krajewski, chairman of the city recreation commission, with more than three hours left to go.

“We had more vendors, including food vendors; a petting zoo; pony rides; and more bounce houses,” he said.

“It’s 2:18, and we were out of pumpkins to paint,” said Jenni Mazur, city clerk and liaison to the recreation commission. “Last year, we had pumpkins left over.”

Junior Miss Railfest Allee Yannard of Gloversville begins painting a scary clown of the face of Keenan Rumrill of Gloversville on Saturday at the Fall Fest in Gloversville's Trail Station Park. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Nice weather didn’t hurt either.

“It’s a cute little thing–lots of stuff for kids to do,” said Kara Eyre of Buffalo, who was with her son Quinn Anthony. The pair Googled the event and were “just passing through.”

The fest had organized activities, such as a three-legged race, hula hoop contest, costume judging and candy giveaway, limbo, and potato sack races.

The limbo contest was divided into younger and older youths. Being small helped but wasn’t the only deciding factor. Gianna Masi of Johnstown wasn’t the smallest of the older children but managed to contort herself so as to slide under the lowest bar.

The potato sack race was both competitive and funny as two age groups of youths vied to beat the clownish Barney the tyrannosaurus rex. As if racing without stumbling weren’t hard enough, Barney cheated by pretending to try to bite the heads off of kids.

Children race against Barney the dinosaur on Saturday at the Fallfest in Gloversville's Trail Station Park. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Some children amused themselves with giant checkers, Connect Four and Jenga. It was

not unusual to see a Jenga tower tumble, but Avery Snider of Johnstown was building it to be structurally sound.

Rebecca Walters of Gloversville had to help her preschool son, Parker Kelly, with Connect Four. Despite his youth, he seemed to enjoy the task.

Children waited in line to ride a somewhat bucking steer. Kevin Reddiough of Gloversville stayed in the saddle almost to the end. “I liked that the activities were free,” said Beth Hill of Clay, a former city resident.

Junior Miss Railfest Allee Yannard of Gloversville came with her crown and was facepainting kids such as Keenan Rumrill of Gloversville whose image choice was a “scary clown.”

Rebecca Walters of Gloversville guides her son Parker Kelly as he plays Connect-4. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Besides the simply fun activities, Maria Bush of Relay for Life had a booth to raise money for the American Cancer Society to aid area people with cancer.

“We try to fundraise yearround,” she said.

Children were so enthusiastic about coloring pumpkins that they used up all the pumpkins. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Gianna Masi of Johnstown manages to win the limbo contest among the older youths on Saturday at the event. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Saturday's Fall Fest in Gloversville Trail Station Park is jammed with people. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Mari Bush of Relay for Life helps Lisa Atty of Mayfield, center and Lorena Dutcher of Gloversville pick out wares on Saturday the Fallfest in Gloversville's Trail Station Park. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

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