October Festival offers fun in the rain

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
A very muddy tractor being driven by Karen Novak pulled its weight despite the rain. These contestants came from in and out of state to pull thousands of pounds of weight with their vehicles. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
A very muddy tractor being driven by Karen Novak pulled its weight despite the rain. These contestants came from in and out of state to pull thousands of pounds of weight with their vehicles. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

The annual Windsor Locks October Festival still went on as planned on Oct. 6, despite the pouring rain that slowed down – but could not stop - the autumn fun. The festival, held at Noden Reed Park, is reminiscent of a neighborhood get-together and has been held for years. In 2004, when Windsor Locks was celebrating its 150th anniversary, the festival grew in size and scope and organizers have attempted to maintain it since then.

“In 2004, we made the October Festival the highlight,” said organizer Sue Barsanti. “It was so successful that we have just continued on.” The event has never really had a problem with the weather before. “Usually the weather is beautiful, but this year it came crashing down,” she said.

Planners had to cancel several of the events planned for the day, including the live band, the hayride and the jugglers. Only eight out of about 60 craft vendors came.

“People come to get something to eat,” said Barsanti. “It’s one of the events that people in town love to come to.”

The tractor-pull, on the other hand, went on as planned, despite the mud and water flying.

One highlight of the event was the annual campout the Boy Scouts do the night before. Prior to the rain, the Scouts set up tents and built a bonfire, and this went on as planned. The rain began in the middle of the night.

The crafters will all be refunded their booth fees. “We’re not in this to make money,” said Barsanti.

“We’re hoping people will remember us next year,” she said.


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