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October 6, 2021 – The 2021 Mapleton Fall Festival took place on Saturday at 10650 Highway 101, which is the site of the old Davidson Mill just west of central Mapleton. The event featured classic automobiles, chili cuisine, vendors, plants, animals and music.

The large open space was chosen because it allows many people to congregate outside, close to the Mapleton Small Business District, with some social distancing possible.

During the festival, the crowd moved between the vendors and the music area.

Members of local veterans groups were on hand to display the colors and emergency responders from Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue, led by Fire Marshal Tony Miller, and the Lane County Sheriff’s Office brought in some Ladder trucks and other rescue equipment as part of a county-wide campaign to draw attention to Fire Safety Month, which takes place in October.

The event was hosted by Mapleton area resident Jami Crawford Sautner, who expressed satisfaction with the participation and community support she received for the festival.

“I just want to thank so many people for making Saturday’s Third Fall Festival a success,” she said. “Sue and Phil Davidson allowing us to use the property was such a blessing.”

She also thanked her “amazing friend Amy Clawson”, who sang the national anthem while the Florence Foreign War Veterans Color Guard presented the flag ceremony.

Clawson was the emcee and she entertained the crowd during the musical breaks. She has been a popular entertainer as well as a restaurant owner in this area for many years, most recently announcing the closure of Clawson’s Wheelhouse family restaurant.

Clawson received a warm response from the 200 or so people in attendance during his performance and throughout the day.

There were dozens of stalls at the festival, which offered everything from homemade soap and farm animal tours, flower arrangements and children’s clothing. There were people of all ages and the family nature of the festival was evident by the large number of young people in attendance. There was also a lot of food available.

“We had our second Chili Cookoff, with Millie Rochon taking first place in the Judged division and Diana McDaniel taking first place in the Taster’s Choice division,” said Sautner.

Oregon State University Extension Services had a large display table at the event to provide information to prospective prospective students and to advise those with questions regarding their animals and livestock.

“Thanks also to Gary McDaniel and the Rhody Cruisers and everyone who brought out their beautiful cars to share with us,” said Sautner.

Local classic car clubs included the Oregon Coast Hot Rods and the Cascade Corvette Club, which featured dozens of colorful automobiles. Visitors could stroll through the rows of brightly colored vehicles while listening to performances by Sydney Crapser and the Johnny Kallas Band.

Sautner plans to present a fall festival next year, but she also plans to host a Halloween event this month and, later this year, a winter holiday rally on Saturday, December 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Santa and his reindeer live during the Mapleton Christmas Festival.

For more information, call 541-999-9254.


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