Micanopy's 39th Fall Festival
MICANOPY - They call it the little town that time forgot. Named after a Seminole chief, the town of Micanopy has been a witness to Indian wars, army posts, and the beginnings of a new frontier. And the town came alive for its 39th Fall Festival.
Leaves falling on the ground are a definite sign that fall is here, something Micanopy knows well.
"My favorite part is finding something good to eat... I don't get to eat most of the year," Father Les Singleton from the Episcopal Church of The Mediator said.
With more than 250 vendors selling crafts and food, thousands gathered to celebrate this year's fall festival. With 39 years in the making... This festival is one of the perfect examples of how the old town of Micanopy is rich in its history."
The mountain family has been in Micanopy since 1838. They own a store, Micanopy Canopy Connection that's part of the festival every year selling antiques, arts and collectibles. Bonnie Mountain the owner said, "You'd be surprised what sells. It runs the whole gimmick... You never know. Something you bring in and you think people are gonna love, someone else will say that's not my thing. And something you bring in that you say, I don't know if that's going to sell or not will be the first thing to go out the door. You just never know how it's gonna go.
Others sell more modern art, by finding their treasures from yard sales, thrift shops and even dumpsters. "No two are the same. We call them hard jewelry. And they just bling up your yard... We like lots of sparkles," Diane Markey owner of Garden Treasures said.
Preparations for the festival have been happening since February. Tami Dixon, president of Micanopy Fall Festival, "It brings people to the area who are not familiar with the area and shows people that we do have the antique shops, the cafes, and it's a quaint little town. So it just invites them to come back to the festival.”
Funds raised for the festival go to the non-profits that help put it together. If you missed the festival you have some waiting to do. The next one takes place next year November 1st and 2nd.
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