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Norton celebrates cider season

10/4/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Ken Crisafi
NORTON — Music, food and fun were part of the 24th annual Norton Cider Festival, which this year was renamed the John P. Moss Memorial Cider Festival, Sept. 28-30 at Columbia Woods Park. On Sept. 30, Allysa Zack, Olivia Thacker and Emily Fletcher, all 16 and from Chippewa, spent the day helping at the Donut Wagon with the Youth Leo Club of the Doylestown Lions Club, as shown at right top.

The fish bowl game presented by the Norton Village 4H Club is shown at right bottom as Connor Jones, 4, tries to win with the help of aunts Stephanie and Katie Harper.

The festival came to a close with the traditional outhouse stuffing contest. As shown at bottom left, 22 contestants managed to squeeze into the small structure. One of the participants was Jashawn Cheatam, who is pictured at left top after everyone else exited the outhouse. Festival officials said the number of outhouse contestants was good but did not hit the highest, which is believed to be between 25 and 30.

The weekend also featured a parade, pancake breakfast and the annual Kiwanis Bike Ride.

Next year’s event will be the 25th annual Cider Festival. Organizers have already announced that it will take place the first weekend of October next year.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

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