And a fun day it was at Vassar Funfest

102514-funfest-parade“It was a simply beautiful, wonderful day” in Vassar during its annual Funfest, one attendee said afterward. An estimated 500 people or more converged on Osage County’s largest unincorporated community on Oct. 25 for the annual festival.

As the event is hosted by the Vassar Community Service Corporation, an organization that maintains Vassar’s one-room schoolhouse and grounds as a community center and park, there was more than just fun involved – there were also funds. Several of the day’s fun activities were also fundraisers for the service organization.

For anyone who bought a ticket for two beautiful afghans, the winners of the KU afghan was Jim Croucher, and the winner of the K-State afghan was Robin Campbell. The afghan raffle turned out to be the day’s most beneficial fundraiser for the group. A silent auction and concession stand also boosted the organization’s fundraising event.

While afghans were popular, pies also turned out to be another highlight of the day. The annual pie contest drew eight pies submitted to the lucky judges, Fran Richmond, Rose Hearn, and Chris Cole. Two winners took the top three prizes: The first place prize of $25 went to Brenda Wilson for a pecan pie, second place and $20 went to Rebecca Thill for a Hawaiian cream pie, and Thill also won third place and $15 for a four-berry pie.

The remainder of contest pies and other donated pies were sold at the concession stand, with 34 pies being consumed by the crowd, along with 70 pounds of hamburger, two cartons of hot dogs, and chili, cookies and cakes.

The Vassar Funfest Car Show also was a hit, with 52 vintage, classic or unique vehicles lined up on display at the Vassar park.

102514-funfest-gentry-mayThe event began with a community parade of costumed characters of all ages, who headed to the schoolhouse for judging. This year’s parade marshals were Gentry May and his daughter Lisa, who were honored as active members of the Vassar community. Each year since Funfest began in 2008, Gentry May has led the parade as color guard. Donovan Williams chauffeured the parade marshals in his convertible.

The band Prospect Bluegrass provided lively background music on the unusually warm and sunny October day, adding to the enjoyment of all gathered for Vassar Funfest.

Information thanks to Frances Summers and Peggy Kampsen; photos thanks to Frances and Gary Summers.

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