EDMORE — The humble potato received the recognition it deserves this weekend.
The Edmore Potato Festival featured dozens of small-town activities, musical performances, parades and other events.
Plans for this year’s festival were being finalized right up until the last few days prior to its start, but everything came off without a hitch and turnout was excellent, according to organizers.
Things kicked off with a bang on Wednesday, with a performance by Shades of Blue, which provided an armed services concert of patriotic music in the park.
Then on Friday, the communitywide yard sales — long a staple of Potato Fest — got underway, along with a farmers market, the Methodist Potato Booth and the highlight of the day, the 23rd annual Fire Truck Parade.
Activities continued into Saturday with an antique and quilt show, a poker run that kicked off at the Phenix Bar and the Potato Festival Parade.
Also on Saturday, Randall’s Old Mill & Pet Store presented a “SuperKicker Rodeo.” At dusk, Chemical Bank provided a fireworks display.
The fun continued on Sunday with an auto and bike show at the pond. Turnout was good, despite skies that threatened, but failed to deliver, rain throughout much of the day. Larry Camp, who organized the show, noted that this year proceeds from the event are going to the Wounded Warrior Program.
“This is the first time we’ve done that,” Camp said. “Normally, we just put the money back into the Potato Festival. This is the first time we’ve given to a charity.”
The idea seems to be a good one. Entries were up for the show this year and Camp suspects the tie-in with the Wounded Warrior Program is responsible for at least some of that.
“It’s hard to tell,” Camp said. “I have a lot of people signing up who haven’t done the car show in the past. Maybe there’s more this year because of the Wounded Warrior Program. I just thought it would be a nice gesture on our part.”
The program provides financial and emotional resources to veterans who have been injured in combat and are now returning to civilian life.
Kenny Abbott, who along with musical partner Jamie Ballard provided live music for several events, including the car show, this past weekend, said turnout was uniformly good all weekend long.
“It’s been really great,” Abbott said. “Saturday night was a blast.”
Terry Rismore, who was attending Sunday’s car show with her son, Jason, 6, said she thought this year’s festival was a nice way to wrap up the summer.
“Jason really enjoyed the parade,” she said. “He’s kind of a car crazy kid, so we’re back here again today for this (show).”
Other events held during the weekend included an ice cream social, concerts, a “Back to School Extravaganza” sponsored by the Endeavor Center, and the Amvets Pancake Breakfast.