Wyalusing Fall Festival features pumpkins and more
WYALUSING - The Wyalusing Fall Festival Saturday featured festive pumpkins, autumn leaves, and some "Cracked Walnuts."
"Cracked Walnuts" was the name of a two-person band at the festival made up of Jeff and Jan Ausfahl from Northampton County.
Strolling around the downtown, they played old-time American music. Jeff had a banjo and Jan played a washboard with spoons.
Jeff said he enjoyed playing the music because it's a "real" sound, devoid of machines.
"We live in the Poconos, and it goes with the Poconos," Jan said.
Wendy Gaustad, executive director of the Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce, saw their act on the Internet.
"I said, 'they're so cute,'" she recalled. "They were playing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on You Tube, and I fell in love with them."
She was pleased with the turnout for the festival.
"I think it's been great, really nice," she said.
In addition to the strolling musicians, she said there was entertainment inside.
The Endless Mountains Dance Center performed Saturday afternoon, delighting the audience.
Alexis Martin of Troy started off with her own dance, followed by several other girls.
One unusual sight at the festival was a mounted alligator at the booth of Rhodes Taxidermy of Sugar Run.
Jessica Rhodes, one of the co-owners, said she bagged the eight-foot long trophy at Lake Pierce, Fla. in 2009.
It came up beside her boat in an "up close and personal" experience.
"It was the first thing I killed that could have killed me back," she commented.
She killed it with a "bang stick," which is described on Wikipedia as a "specialized firearm used underwater."
Rhodes said people enjoyed looking at the mount.
"They think it's pretty neat. It's something they don't always see here in Northeast Pennsylvania."
The festival also featured a parade of decorated baby buggies, which the crowd seemed to enjoy watching.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.