Falling for fall

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
While some people may not be ready to fully embrace the start of autumn, there were plenty of fall-aesthetic lovers on hand as the Grove City Community Club hosted the first of its three Harvest Markets on Sept. 24. Located within the city’s Town Center, hundreds of residents were able to browse more than 25 vendor booths that were filled with handmade crafts, seasonal baked goods, and pumpkins and gourds. Among the crowd who came out in the morning was Kevin Kestner, who was all smiles as he found the perfect flint corn while shopping at the Hilliard-based Elfrink Farms table. Although the colorful corn can be consumed, Kestner said he plans to use it to complete the look for the cornucopia he created in front of his home to welcome in the new season. Additional Harvest Markets will be held at the same location on Oct. 1 and Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children’s crafts are planned for the former date, and pumpkin giveaways for children are planned for the latter event.
After spending hours entertaining the crowd as a member of the Grove City Church of the Nazarene’s line dancing crew, Judi Hill treats herself to a spooky cat yard adornment at Eddie Kistler’s woodcraft booth.
Grove City Community Club member Cindy Casparro prepares a bowl full of piping hot vegetable soup for an awaiting customer. Bean soup will be on the menu for the Oct. 1 Harvest Market and their famous chicken and noodle soup will be sold at the Oct. 8 Harvest Market. All of the proceeds will go directly back into the community, paying for student scholarships, the White Christmas event, and Honor Flights for local veterans.
Spencer the Corgi helps showcase the beauty of these mums.

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