Winesburg Fall Gathering will offer variety of entertainment

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The 18th annual Winesburg Fall Gathering, sponsored by the Winesburg Business Association, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, along the streets and sidewalk of the village.

Vendors' tables will offer crafts, antiques and lots of miscellaneous treasures. Antique tractors will be on display and the Winesburg Historical Society will have its buildings open for tours.

Entertainers including the Johnstone Family, Nelson & Friends, Small Town Roots, Glenn Parks, Berean Church Worship Team, Prism, High Country and Bovy the Balloon Animal Clown will perform throughout the day at various times and locations. Bungee jumping and a bounce house will add to the fun.

Food will be available including ham and bean soup, sandwiches, pies, homemade ice cream, kettle popcorn, chicken and noodles and more.

The husband-carrying contest, called the "hubby-back ride," will be a highlight of the event. Winesburg is named after a town in Germany known for its strong women. During the 12th Century, the fortress in the town was overtaken and the victors granted the women and children permission to leave carrying their most prized possession. The women carried their husbands away on their backs. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners when that accomplishment is re-enacted at the Fall Gathering.

An antique, craft and gift benefit will be held at 3 p.m., following a silent auction at 2 p.m. Winesburg Fire Department's famous barbecued chicken will be served beginning at 4 p.m.

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