First Posted: 10/24/2009
DOBSON As the threat of rain vanished, crowds began to gather at the Dobson Fall Festival on Saturday.
After about two years of planning, the town finally hosted its first festival since the Berry Festival ended years ago. The festival was met with excitement from members of the community as well as vendors excited to have a new market for their goods.
Theres been a good community response and a good turnout. Ive heard a lot of positive feedback, said Deneane Kidd, the chair for the festival and a vendor selling baked goods and jams.
Community members who showed up were not disappointed as they wandered down W. Atkins Street and N. Crutchfield Street around the town square which were closed to traffic. There were more than 20 vendors set up along the streets selling everything from wooden furniture and leather goods to doll clothes and knick knacks. There were also vendors selling festival foods such as blooming onions, ribbon fries, barbecue, lemonade and ham or sausage biscuits. Shelton Vineyards had a table offering wine tastings and selling bottles of wine while Dairy Queen had a table where they were giving away coupons and holding a drawing for a free ice cream cake.
Theres something for the younguns to do and something for the adults to do, said Cindy Isaacs, who lives in Dobson and decided to venture out to the festival to take advantage of the weather.
For Michael Fahy, the festival provided a chance to get out in the community, sell some of his products and meet new people.
Anytime you get a group of citizens together for a purpose, its a good thing, he said. To see a group of citizens get together and make this happen, its a good thing to see.
Tina Healey made the drive up from King with her mother to sell some of the crafts they make. They have been doing crafts as a hobby for about two years.
We heard about a craft show so we came out, she said of the decision to attend the festival.
Gale Sicard drove up from Lexington on Saturday with her collection of handmade doll clothes.
I didnt have a show scheduled this weekend and this is close to home. I try to go to festivals almost every weekend, she said.
Sicard has been making doll clothes since 1978. Most of her designs are made to the American Girl dolls, but she also makes them to fit Barbie dolls and other sized dolls. She started out making stuffed dolls, but said she switched to clothes because she got tired of doing the stuffing.
With a good turnout for the first year, organizers hope to have the event again next year and attract even more people to the Dobson area.