The “Year of the Volunteer” was celebrated at the 11th Annual Dallas Harvest Festival, recognizing Back Mountain organizations, those who run them and those who give generously of their time and talents to make our region a better place to live, work and play.
Special activities were held to identifiy with this year’s special moniker, including a new contest, “Charity Starts Here: 1,000 Reasons to Give.”
Brightly-colored ballot jars were placed at a number of local businesses and voters paid $1 to vote for one of five charities - Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge, Back Mountain Trail, Michael J. Cleary Scholarship Fund, Dallas High School Mini-Thon and Back Mountain Memorial Library.
Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge received the most votes and was awarded a $1,000 prize donated by Frontier Communications and the Dallas Harvest Festival. The other four participating charities received a check for the ballot monies collected on their behalf.
Prior to Festival Day, judging took place for this year’s Flower Display Contest where local businesses were invited to dress up their businesses with fall flowers, foliage and finery, while keeping it natural. Winners were Hilbert’s, The Tractor Store, first place; Leggio’s, second place; and Caddie LaBar’s, third place.
For performance-friendly fans, this year’s Best of Open Mic (BOOM) was held Sept. 13 at the Masonic Lodge in Dallas, featuring local talent.
Atherholt was the first-place winner and received a $100 cash prize. Second place and a $75 cash prize went to Reilly Oremus while Paul & Brogan picked up third place and a $50 cash prize.
Friends Feeding Friends food drives took place across the Back Mountain, with one behind held within the Dallas School District and another in local supermarkets. Both drives benefited the Back Mountain Food Pantry.
Students at Wycallis Elementary, Dallas Middle School and Dallas High School participated with the class bringing in the most donations winning a pizza party, compliments of Hogan’s Heroes & Pizza.