After more than 30 years of hosting an annual threshing show, the community of Fullerton, N.D., is doing something different this weekend.
On Saturday at Fullerton Park, residents will stage the inaugural Fullerton Festival.
“This is a one-day gathering for good food, good music, good company, demonstrations, a pie contest and auction and a raffle, as well as games, contests and competitions for everyone,” said a news release.
Features include a pinochle tournament, bean bag toss and horseshoe competitions, a softball game, a beer garden and evening music by Barry Glynn.
From 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., Glynn will sing Irish folk music and the songs of Bob Dylan.
The festival will run from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. While there will not be a big parade or threshing demonstration, there will be a kid’s parade, along with a series of kid’s games culminating in a pedal pull contest.
The sawmill, blacksmithing, shingle-making, wool-making and wool-spinning demonstrations that were held during the threshing shows will be continued at the Fullerton Festival this year.
Also continued will be the Thresher’s Breakfast, which will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for kids 6 to 12. The meal is free for ages 5 and younger. Overall, the press release notes, the meal will be “an even greater bargain for those who used to come only for the breakfasts because, this year, there will be no gate or parking charges.”
The bean bag toss and horseshoe competitions run from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
The Rosebud School Museum in the center of town will be open from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
From noon to 2 p.m., barbecue, hot dogs, chips, coffee and lemonade will be available at the Main Park Building. Also during the day, the 4-H club will offer snacks and soft drinks at its pavilion.
Supper, served from 5:30 to 7 p.m., consists of roast beef, baked potato, coleslaw, beans, bun, coffee and lemonade.
The prices are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and younger eat free. The supper food will be prepared by the Ranch House and served at the park by volunteers from the community.
The beer garden will be open from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
All bakers are encouraged to join the Apple Pie Contest. Entries should be brought to the Carroll House between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Proceeds from the pie auction and a raffle will go toward the upkeep and preservation of the Carroll House, a historic structure.
All other proceeds, if any, go to the Fullerton Community Betterment Association.