• By Kirk Gaw

Falloween Festival Benefitting JGHS Students - September 21st, 22nd, & 23rd

Once again John Glenn High School will be transformed into an entertainment dream! Be sure to mark your calendar for "Falloween" on September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. The annual fundraiser brings in money for scholarships for Glenn students and has raised over $240,000 for the cause since 2009. The Festival is sponsored by Teachers Credit Union, Polygon, and R & B Car Co.

“People from all over the area come in for the three days,” said JGHS Principal William Morton. And rain or shine there will be plenty of activities. “We have both indoor and outdoor activities and our carnival midway,” said Morton. “It looks like sweater and cider weather and that’s part of the whole celebration of fall.” There will be a Saturday fireworks display, the old time baseball fundraiser, and an antique car cruise in the same day to go along with favorites like the homemade food items, and the giant garage sale.

The Falloween Festival brings out the best of our John Glenn Schools community! Churches, teams, clubs, civic groups, JGSC officials, JGHS students, and corporate sponsors from North Liberty, Walkerton, Koontz Lake, Fish Lake, Tyner, Crumstown, and Teegarden participate in planning and organizing.

Attendance of the festival comes from all over! Everyone is welcome from everywhere! There will be hot cider, cold cider, homemade pies, apple dumplings, assorted coffee beverages, carmel corn, popcorn, fries, cotton candy, and elephant ears! The Skerbeck Carnival will be providing the midway with the newest amusements! Rides for the whole family!

The event will also, include culinary treats that are festival favorites! Apple Dumplings will go on sale from the Women's Group of the First Presbyterian Church located at 512 Georgia St. They will sell them there and at the west end of the carnival midway if they last through Sunday? Last year they were sold out by Saturday night! The First Presbyterian Women's Group are notorious for their scrumptious cooking! Their apple dumplings are known throughout and are always popular.

The JGHS Band Boosters are hosting a BBQ Port-A-Pit on Friday, September 21st from 5pm to 8pm. Tri-Kappa is hosting a Pork Chop dinner in the cafeteria on Friday from 5pm to 8pm on September 21st. On Saturday, September 22nd from 4pm to 8pm the Tyner I.O.O.F is hosting a Fish Fry that is All-You-Can-Eat. This popular event will happen right after the parade. On Saturday morning from 10am to 4pm be sure to enjoy the Linda Parker Cafe in the JGHS cafeteria. They will have Chili Dogs, Sloppy Joes, Hot Dogs, Potato Soup, Chili, Vegetable Soup, and Desserts.

On Saturday Morning at the north side of the carnival midway, beginning at 9am, you can enjoy the famous, special, Potato Donut Sale hosted by the Masonic Lodge of North Liberty! Millers Merry Manor is hosting a Scrambled Eggs With Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast on Saturday morning from 7am to 9:30am in the JGHS Cafeteria.

On Sunday morning be sure to keep your appetite handy for the St. Patrick's - Knights Of Columbus Pancake Breakfast from 8:30am to 11:30am! And finally, keep your hunger in shape for the hot, homemade, Chicken And Noodles Lunch from 12pm to 4pm at the JGHS Cafeteria. The most amazing event to witness will be watching the JGHS staff peel apples in a boiling copper kettle for real, Walkerton Apple Butter! The open fire, local recipe will be scooped into jars and sold to patrons Saturday and Sunday! The scent of apple and spices will fill the air when jars are sold at 3pm.

Emmy award winning journalist, Maureen McFadden, reporting during last year's parade. - WNDU-TV

Be sure to see the Falloween Parade beginning at Urey Middle School as it travels down Van Buren St. to Georgia St. and ending at Scarborough Park. WNDU Newscenter 16's Maureen McFadden will be the 2018 Grand Marshall celebrating 40 years on the air from South Bend.

She is a 2 time, Emmy Award winner, affectionately known as "Michiana's Ultimate Working Mom!" She is devoted to volunteering in the community as well as maintaining her professional talents in journalism, and keeping up with her large family.

Also, riding lead will be first Homecoming Court Honoree's Jim Place, and Cheryl (Mattocks) Gunn from 1967. The Parade begins Friday, September 21st at 5:30pm.

Also, do not forget the Saturday Morning Children's Parade beginning at the east side of the Walkerton Elementary School Grounds on Clark St., traveling to Georgia St. then south to John Glenn Dr., up to Shamrock St. and, then, back down Clark St. to end at the place it started. Lineup begins at 10am on the east side of Walkerton Elementary School. Parade begins at 11:30am.

On Sunday do not forget the Classic Car Cruise-In happening at the west side JGHS parking lot beginning at 12pm to 5pm.

Be sure to check out the Falloween Festival website for details at:

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