Tractor parade kicks off Burrell Township fall festival
The tractors ruled the road Saturday in Burrell Township.
More than 60 tractors kicked off the township fire department’s annual fall festival weekend — with two tractor parade routes departing from Cochrans Mill Road and covering more than 30 miles.
The tractor route began at 1 p.m. and took several hours to complete.
“It’s fun. It started off with just a few tractors and now it’s grown,” said Lori Headley, festival organizer.
The annual two-day event serves as the fire department’s biggest fundraiser.
A new pumper truck is the department’s current goal, but that runs about $400,000, Headley said. “We have raised about half of that,” she said.
Last year, the festival kicked in about $9,000.
The fall festival continues Sunday at 10 a.m. with more than 85 vendors, including crafts, woodworking, furniture, artisans, leather, and even a massage therapist.
Nosh on fall food favorites, such as apple cider, apple dumplings and kettle corn.
“Our half-chickens on the barbecue pit and pulled pork are a big draw,” Headley said. “The famous fish sandwiches are nostalgic and we always have sold them here.”
New this year is the addition of an ATM machine for attendees and a free shuttle service.
Activities include tractor rides, children’s crafts, tractor engine displays, hay rides, live music and demonstrations.
Look for Colton Baker, a 13-year-old local blacksmith, giving demonstrations.
Peek inside the more than 100-year-old Davis Log Cabin, restored by the Burrell Township Historical Society.
Two stages will showcase local talent performing live bluegrass, country and gospel music.
Complimentary shuttle school buses will operate beginning at 9 a.m. from St. Michael’s Lutheran Brick Church.
“When people come here, it’s about the community and the fellowship, and we make all of our local snowbirds stay here for the festival before they leave for the winter,” Headley said.
Joyce Hanz is a freelance writer.