First Congregational Church’s Harvest Fair has roots in the ‘50s
The First Congregational Church Women’s Fellowship continues to spearhead a Fall gathering that dates back to 1953, ’54, and ’55.
“Back then the Ramona Town Hall was the biggest building for our church’s Harvest Fair,” said Susan Ruputz, church historian. “That’s right, the Town Hall!”
After planning and saving for 10-plus years, the community of Ramona was then invited for a fall festival celebration in the early 1960s, a block off Main Street in the newly constructed Pilgrim Hall with a kitchen, behind the church sanctuary at the corner of Eighth and D streets.
“The women, with the help of the youth and men, would make the day a great success,” said Ruputz.
Rolling forward to 2011 — a wonderful day is planned for Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., continued Ruputz.
Artists and crafters will offer inspirational and seasonal gifts at the Harvest Fair.
The Congregational Children’s Center will be taking fall butter braid orders, Boy Scout Troop 130 will be selling popcorn, and the church youth group will be taking orders for Thanksgiving pies — and youth group members will be washing cars, too.
Those attending the Harvest Fair will have the opportunity to enjoy homemade soups and pies at lunch, check out the specialty baskets for opportunity drawings, play a game of checkers, or visit with old and new friends. Freshly baked breads, cakes, cookies, and jams and jellies will be ready to take home.
In addition, there will be a variety of old and well-loved aprons — all shapes, sizes and fabric patterns — decorating the walls in Pilgrim Hall.
“Take a minute to sign the apron that will commemorate this day and be a special opportunity drawing, too,” said Ruputz. “Bring a friend and come for a day of fun and community fellowship.”
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