Monday, September 28, 2009

Autumn Leaf Festival

I hope that many of you had the chance to come out and enjoy Leavenworth's Autumn Leaf Festival this past weekend. As Leavenworth's longest running festival, established in 1964 by the Autumn Leaf Festival Association (, it began with the adoption of our much loved Bavarian Theme. If you were walking around Front Street and Commercial Street on Saturday morning, you most likely saw me volunteering my time in one of the festival's food booths making and selling cotton candy and carmel apples. Mmmmm!

The beautiful parade began at noon on Saturday, featuring our famous Royal Lady, Pat Rutledge and Royal Bavarian Kanzler, Ron Hill. They were joined by past Royalty as well as many of our city's officials; Nancy Smith, the Chamber of Commerce Director, Karl Ruether, the President of the Chamber of Commerce, our Mayor, Rob Eaton, to name a few. School bands, dance teams, military bands, and other Washington festival floats came from all over to join us in celebrating Autumn and our great Bavarian town.

Gazebo entertainment was packed all weekend long, entertaining residents and guests with great local sounds and German tunes.

Autumn Leaf Festival is a great piece of our Bavarian town's history and tradition. I hope that the festival is around for decades to come!

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