Saturday, Oct. 21 brought a few raindrops to the streets, but also brought smiles with the returning sunshine on this year’s Fall der All festival in downtown Van Alstyne.
The rain steered clear of the parade line-up, but put a bit of a damper at the 10 a.m. step-off time. No matter — everyone stepped through the downtown area in true parade style.
Crafts vendors lined East Jefferson, East Marshall and Main Street, providing festival-goers with unique wares: church, civic and medical information; raffle and door prizes; games; and so much more. Even the Texoma area Bloodmobile was there.
Six areas of special activities included a classic car show, a kids zone, acoustic music stage, band music stage and demonstration stage. While most of those are self-explanatory as to what went on, the demonstration stage, also known as the Rail Car stage, held demonstrations of various dance styles and routines from the town’s two dance schools, Lift Dance and Fierce Motions in Dance, and a martial arts demonstration from McKinney’ DBD Tac Kwon Do group that featured students of many ages. The acoustic stage, hosted by local Larry Martin, was constant music on Marshall Street by musicians David Hall, Martin and Ray White from Van Alstyne; and Matt Nix and Kevin Edwards from Collin County. The Gazebo stage, inside Dorothy Fielder Park, had various genres of music brought by Bent Creek, Crystal & Will Yates, Tanner Sparks and Texxas Heat. And then, there was the Cooley Bay wine tasting area, with the first winery in the area of Grayson County handing out samples all afternoon, to wine-lovers’ pleasure.
The special golf cart for those needing assistance from their car into and out of the downtown area stayed busy, and many riders expressed delight to the driver.
The slight rain forced some people to go home, but many of them returned to enjoy the rest of the afternoon’s sunshine and activities. And many others came down as the day moved on.