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The Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association had another successful Fall Fest this past Saturday (Oct. 6) with folks downtown for such diverse activities as buying books and pie-eating.

The traditional ‘Airing of the Quilts’ may no longer occasion quaint displays on sidewalks, porches, fences and shrubbery around the town but quilts, nonetheless, also were seen in large numbers during Saturday’s Hometown Fall Fest.

Ninety-seven in the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church to be exact and another 25 at Father Nallin Hall, with additional displays at the Dietrich, Wyoming County Historical Society, Swalebrook Galley, the EMCA gallery, the library, Tunkhannock Manor, PS Bank, and some people did hang theirs out for the public to see,

Hatsy Eberhardt noted the Methodist church had antique pieces dating from the 1800s, such as a “friendship squares” crazy quilt made of velvets, tafettas and other rich fabrics with signed and dated squares. Another was a woven coverlet made by itinerant weaver J. S. Goodman of Black Creek, Luzerne County, owned by Mark Mitchell, dated 1851. Beckie Zaleppa shared a framed section of a Sunbonnet Sue quilt made by her grandmother. Her four sisters also have similar framed pieces of the same family heirloom quilt, which had been too worn to save in its entirety. By contrast, 14-year-old Allison Edwards displayed her very first quilted piece, a beautiful tabletop-cover.

At Father Nallin Hall, Susan Lech shared the fruits of 30 years of making quilts.

The successful day drew families and quilt lovers to town.

Much thanks goes to Eileen Barziloski of Ebb’s Candy Jar for encouraging the food tastings and the many scarecrows throughout town that complemented the ones coordinated by the Tunkhannock Girl Scouts.

Scraecrows, representing the top two businesses receiving the most votes were Towne and Country Grille, and Herron Lumber.

A randomly drawn winner from 174 votes cast in the scarecrow contest went to Angel Trowbridge of Meshoppen.

The Dietrich Theater truly had something for everyone with activities and programs for kids and adults.

Keystone Konfections had a pumpkin cream pie eating contest sheepishly enjoyed by eight adults and five youths.

Winner in the adult category was Domenic Talarico and for the youths was Tyler Yadlosky a student at Tunkhannock Area Middle School.

Thanks also goes to Nimble Hill, Kitson Arts Alliance, Yearbook Diner, PS Bank, and Hampton Inn.

TBPA Executive Director Nancy Parlo noted, “the response to this events encourages us that we can build on the success of this event.”

She said TBPA would soon be scheduling a wrap–up meeting.