Sleepy Hollow Festival sees big crowds, great weather


It was the annual Sleepy Hollow Fall Festival around the Switzerland County Courthouse in Vevay – but the beautiful sunny and warm weather reminded everyone in attendance that there was still some summer to be enjoyed.

The great weather resulted in a tremendous turnout in the number of vendors and also in visitors on Saturday, all of that coming together to make for a successful event for Switzerland County Tourism.

“I thought it went great,” Christy Morgan of the Tourism Office said. “Our booth spaces were totally full, and everybody enjoyed the whole day, I didn’t hear any complaints. And they were selling stuff. I heard a few vendors say that they didn’t sell very much, but most of the vendors said that they were happy with what they were selling, so it was good.”

Vendors lined both sides of the sidewalk in front of the courthouse; while those selling larger items were staying busy over on the Main Cross Street side of the courthouse.

On Liberty Street on the east side of the courthouse, more vendors were available for visitors; as well as ongoing demonstrations for weaving, spinning, and blacksmithing. Later in the day, everyone enjoyed the square dancers who provided entertainment.

The pie baking contest has become a Sleepy Hollow Festival tradition; and this year three winners were crowned in each of three categories.

For pumpkin pie: Tracy Naegle had the winning entry; with Ginger Naegle having the second place entry; and Candra Myers had the third place pie.

In the apple pie category: Janie Daugherty was crowned the winner; with Ginger Naegle the second place finisher and Tracy Naegle earning third place.

There was also a category for other types of pie: and again Janie Daugherty earned first place; while Tracy Naegle was second and Ginger Naegle was third.

“We also had a dog paw-rade,” Morgan continued. “We actually had several dogs. People came with their dogs for the costume parade, and that was really cute.”

Jane Osborne and her dog, ‘Punkin’, won first place in the paw-rade; while Renee Stewart and her dog, ‘Rico’, earned second place; and Lilliana Hall and her dog, ‘Todd’, earned third place honors.

Also wandering around the event was the famous ‘Headless Horseman’; while Ichabod Crane was also going in and out of the crowd, scared of the infamous horseman. There were also horse-drawn wagon rides available that circled the courthouse.

“Everybody loved Ichabod Crane,” Morgan said.

And much of the success came down to the one thing that Tourism couldn’t control – the weather.

“The weather was beautiful, that was the biggest thing,” Morgan said. “It was just an all around perfect day.”