Twin City Fall Festival set for Oct. 9

Twin City Fall Festival set for Oct. 9

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The ninth annual Twin City Fall Festival is cooking up some fun this year with its children’s cookie-baking contest, pie-baking contest, bread-baking contest and jelly roll contest. However, the chili cook-off is canceled for this year, but there will still be lots of food available Oct. 9 in downtown Uhrichsville from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Claymont Public Library will offer a craft for children, and the Uhrichsville Fire Department will have one of its trucks on display. Free pumpkins will be given out to children while they last.

Organizer Kathy Allen of Uhrichsville said there will be an appearance by Micky and Minnie Mouse. They are scheduled to be at the festival from noon to 2 p.m.

“I think the kids will enjoy them,” Allen said.

A group of cheerleaders from Claymont also will make an appearance.

When the festival first started, only half a block was needed to set up, but prior to the pandemic, it had grown to 60-70 vendors each year.

Allen credits the late Lori Sutton, who was a Uhrichsville resident, with its growth.

“Lori came in, and that's when it really grew because she knew tons of crafters. She was a big help,” Allen said.

Sutton’s husband Terry of Tuscarawas is still involved with the festival and will serve as disc jockey for the event.

The Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition and the 922 Initiative will present some of their success stories on how others beat addiction. They also will have information available and will be located this year on the stage.

There will be two age groups for the cookie-baking competition: 8-12 and 13-18. Although they’ve done some cupcake decorating in the past, this year it will be strictly cookies.

“They are baking the cookies themselves, and they are to bake them from scratch,” Allen said.

Medals and a cash prize will go to the first- and second-place winners.

The children enjoy the contest.

“There are two kids that are brothers that come back every year and do it,” Allen said. “I'd like to get more kids in on it. If they'd like to join in, they can bring their cookies the day of the event.”

More information on the time of judging will be posted on the Twin City Fall Festival page on Facebook as soon as it is available.

Although it’s hard to find volunteer judges for the cookie competition, no one can resist the sweets.

“I get a lot of people hanging around waiting for samples after we're done,” Allen said.

The adult baking contests are for amateur bakers only. There will be two categories for pie: fruit and cream. Each person may enter up to two pies in each category.

For bread baking, the bread must be homemade. There are two categories: yeast and nonyeast. Gluten-free bread is welcome to be entered but mark it as gluten free. People may enter up to two breads in each category.

Any entries to the jelly roll contest must be homemade including the fillings. Participants may enter up to two jelly rolls.

The first two places in each of the baking categories will receive awards.

A barbecue food truck is expected to set up at the festival, and My Burger Joint will be open during the event. Other vendors include direct sales and crafters.

“Any of the downtown businesses can join in and have a table in front of their store if they like,” Allen said.

Allen started the festival for her fellow Twin City residents.

“Everyone was complaining there's nothing to do, and I thought, 'OK, let's just start something and see how it goes,'” Allen said.

The appreciation of the event from her friends and neighbors is evident.

“I thought about quitting, but people have come and said how much they like it, so I just do it another year,” Allen said. “I keep saying this is going to be my last year, but then my 10th festival is coming up, so I probably should do it next year.”

Sponsors of the event include Pangrazio’s Pizza & Spaghetti, R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home, FabOhio, Ohio Bridge Stripping, Bloom’s Printing and Design, First Federal Community Bank, and the Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition.

For more information go to the Twin City Fall Festival page on Facebook.