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Fun at Fall Festival, despite rain

WINSTED — Residents and vendors made the best of foul weather at the 14th annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1.Before and during the festival, heavy rain poured down from the skies. While the rain stopped a few hours after the festival started, the bad weather apparently kept away a number of vendors and many visitors.Approximately 45 vendors were expected, but fewer than 25 showed up. The north side of Main Street in the downtown area was closed to traffic.Still, members of the town’s political parties were out shaking hands while those who attended the festival enjoyed food from downtown restaurants, including pulled pork from Kelly’s Kitchen and pizza from Monaco’s Restaurant.Despite several empty spaces on Main Street, there was music and dancing in front of Health Food Corner. Representatives from the Beardsley & Memorial Library sold used books and Highland Lake Watershed Association volunteers sold copies of the famous Cornelio video of downtown Winsted before the Great Flood of 1955.Better weather is expected at this year’s installment of the Riverton Fair, Friday through Saturday, Oct. 7 to 9, at the Riverton Fairgrounds.

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