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Norton celebrates cider season

10/4/2012 - South 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, the music of Bluegrass 101 entertained attendees like Gary and Mary Anderson, of Canal Fulton, and Paulette and Greg Holland, of Clinton, who are shown at right top, from left.

Pictured at right bottom is Alicia Layton, 15, of Norton, as jewelry maker Cindy Crocket, of Uniontown, helps put a “Live, Love, Laugh” necklace around her neck.

The festival came to a close with the traditional outhouse stuffing contest. As shown at left bottom, 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 it will take place the first weekend of October.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

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