Alton, Mo. – On Saturday, October 5, 2019, families of all ages came out to Alton, Missouri, at the square to enjoy the 34th annual Black Gold Walnut Festival.
By 5:30 am. people were driving vehicles encircling the courthouse square, finding their spot, and setting up their booths. Although a brisk morning, optimism reigned high.
The Beginning Of The Festival
By 9:00 am, the sun shone down on a promising day. The Boy Scouts started the Festival with an honor guard. Contestants began showing up to submit their baked and wood worked goods. The square around the courthouse was roped off to traffic- foot traffic clearly picked up.
Booths With Something For Everyone
The crowd went from booth to booth, sampling, purchasing, looking. Meanwhile the children’s pumpkin carving contest started. Live music from the local school children echoed from the stage. The local radio station, K95, was broadcasting live. Food for just about any taste or age encircled the courthouse. Handmade crafts and raffles were set up. Local churches put out free water and information. The local 4h group were there with games and fun. Along with a veteran’s help group, various ministries and charities had booths. A local author had a booth and was selling his books, too.
All-day long, the stage was the center of attention. Russell Harrington was the master of ceremonies who kept things animated. He kept the public abreast of the schedule, announcing various winners while observing the crowd’s input. All afternoon live music provided quality entertainment.
Altogether the Walnut Festival offered much to all who took the time to participate.