25th Williamsburg Fall Harvest Festival concludes event under sunny skies

This youngster was tossing candy from one of the parade floats during last Saturday's Williamsburg Fall Harvest Festival. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News.

WILLIAMSBURG — In its 25th annual edition, this hamlet’s final Fall Harvest Festival was a well-attended affair that drew scores of people to all the usual Williamsburg hotspots, from J.C. Whitteker Park to the Oddfellows Hall to the downtown core for the popular noontime parade.

As a highlight event of the Festival of the past few years, the outhouse races again proved  a popular draw, although entries were down to just three commodes on wheels this time.

A team calling themselves “The PM” finished in first place when the outhouses reached the finish line — with Alex Inkster, 15, Bethany Moss-Nafekh, 13 and Gavin Piticco, 14. In second place were the “Time Lords” with Jacob Garlough, 14, Dante Caines, 13 and David Vreman, 15. The Williamsburg Fire Station’s entry placed third but was judged best decorated. That squad included Sparky the fire dog, Brian Van Moorsel and Cody Cassel.

Festival organizers have said that 2016 was their last hurrah after a quarter century of volunteering in some cases.

“I think there should be other people that step up,” said Donna LaPorte, awaiting the start of the parade on Church Street. “It’s a shame for all of this to be over. I love the parade.”

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