The second Saturday of November Gowensville Fall Festival activities will feature a variety of activities: the antique tractor show, a bake sale featuring Ute Schmitt’s Austrian apple kuchen (apple strudel), and 18 vendors at the Artisans Market.
The annual event takes place from 8 a. m. until 2 p. m. at the Gowensville Community Center on Highway 11, south of Highway 14.
Also planned are attic treasures with used books and household items, and drawings for two quilts and a gas grill.
Breakfast featuring grits and biscuits with sausage or tomato-bacon gravy is followed by a hot dog and barbecue sandwich lunch.
Products celebrating Gowensville’s Dark Corner heritage will also be available, including labeled bricks from the old chimney, a limited number t-shirts, and Christmas ornaments depicting Campbell’s Covered Bridge, First Baptist Church of Gowensville and the Gowensville School. Dean Campbell, known as the Squire of the Dark Corner, will have copies of his new book Twice-Told Tales, featuring his newspaper columns on the Dark Corner.
Planned and carried by residents of Gowensville, the festival is a time for neighbors to visit and to support financially the community center, built in 1922 as the Gowensville school. It closed in the mid-Fifties and now serves as a place for birthday parties, family reunions, weddings and meetings of the Landrum Quilters, under the auspices of the Greater Gowensville Association (GGA).