Annual celebration avoids rainout, raises money

By Jimmy Alford | Published Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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LEADING THE WAY – Teresa Cox drives her pony-powered wagon Saturday in the Greenwood Fall Festival’s Parade. The parade highlighted the event that raises money to support several community services, projects and organizations. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Despite cloudy skies Saturday morning, the 15th annual Greenwood Fall Festival drew several hundred supporters to the main drag to celebrate the community’s history and raise money for charities and community needs.

While children streamed down the street in a small train ride, older folks perused crafts and goods at the booths set up under and around the pavilion. The event has been the Greenwood Extension Education Club’s major project for several years. Gerry Galloway, a member of the Greenwood EE Club since 2001, and Linda Hood are among the festival’s organizers.

“This is one of the main things we can do for the community,” Galloway said. “We can all get together – and it has grown tremendously over the years.”

Galloway said the first festival only consisted of a few booths under the pavilion, but now spills into and across the streets. She said it is people’s love for the Greenwood community that keeps them coming back and supporting local initiatives.

“It is a real community, and we all work together,” Galloway said.

The Greenwood/Slidell Volunteer Fire Department is one of the festival’s major beneficiaries. VFD Chief Adam North said about $12,500 was raised, slightly below the 2011 total.

“I think the weather scared some folks off,” North said. “A storm system was rolling in that evening.”

North said people can still support the VFD even if they missed out on the good times. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 153, Slidell, TX 76267.

The Greenwood Fall Festival also supports:

  • Angel Fund;
  • 4-H scholarships;
  • 4-H expenses;
  • W.A.R.M.;
  • Sonflower Camp;
  • Buyers Association;
  • School library;
  • Voices Advocating for Children; and
  • miscellaneous community needs.

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