‘Sleepy Hollow’, Car Show are big hits Saturday

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A foggy, cool morning turned into a warm and sunny fall day on Saturday as the town of Vevay hosted its annual “Sleepy Hollow” fall celebration.

Down at the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park, organizers Mike Bear and Floyd Canada put on a very successful “On the River” Car Show. The event, which has been growing in recent years, had more than 180 registered vehicles this year; with more than 200 vehicles of all types available for viewing by attendees.

Back uptown, the area around the courthouse was filled with vendors, selling everything from quilts to chairs to pumpkins and gourds for fall decorating.

There was also plenty of good food, as the Switzerland County Lions Club served up bean soup and sausage sandwiches at their booth; and other tasty items ranged from homemade cinnamon rolls steaming cups of coffee.

The number of vendors filling the area was up from previous years, and that brought more shoppers downtown. After viewing the booths, shoppers also had the chance to wander through downtown businesses for bargains.

The “Headless Horseman” made another ride through the event; and members of the Switzerland County Key Club assisted with helping children build their own scarecrow.

Businesses and organizations also had scarecrows on display as part of a contest organized by the Visitors Center; and many of those scarecrows were available for viewing in the newly-renovated Grisard Building at the corner of Main and Ferry streets.

At the river, a huge crowd filled the park to see a wide ranging collection of cars, motorcyles, trucks, and other vehicles. Also on display were firetrucks from county volunteer departments; and in another section of the park a large collection of tractors and farm equipment were also available to attendees.

The Fraternal Order of Police sold all types of food during the car show; and a deejay played “Oldies” music throughout the event.

Along Main Street people had the chance to take a horse-drawn carriage ride on the beautiful fall day; and inside the Visitors Center, judging took place for the annual Apple Pie baking contest.

Judging the contest were Joe Leatherbury, Mark Sharp, and Savannah Jewell; and overall there were 11 pies available for the judges to consider.

This year’s first place winner was Wanda Benzing; while Evan Fisher claimed second place and Carla Harsin earned third place. The winners were awarded cash prizes and shopping dollars.

The displays of scarecrows will remain up through the Halloween holiday, and many of the entries may be viewed through the windows of the Grisard Building.