UPTOWN WADESBORO, INC. FALL FESTIVAL 2013
Uptown Wadesboro, Inc. held their annual Fall Festival 2013 on Saturday
October 26th from 10am until 1pm and there was a very good turn out.
Some of the activities were as follows: Pumpkin Painting, Fortune
Telling, Hay Ride, Cupcake Walk, Trick-or-Treating at Uptown Businesses,
Games with Prizes, Story Telling 10:45AM and 11:15AM, Partnership for
Children had free books, Safekids had free reflective bracelets and Costume
Contest at Noon.
Brook Crider was chairperson for the Uptown
Wadesboro, Inc. Fall Festival 2013 and
she asked if I
would take some pictures for her and how can you say no to Brook; she could
sell an Eskimo a Deep Freezer with no power hook-up..........grin if you
It was very cold this morning with the temperature hovering around 26
degrees F. setting a new record at Charlotte Douglas International Airport,
NC with 27 degrees F. and was 40 degrees around mid-day here
and cold for this time of the year.
I meandered around with camera in hand taking candid pictures of the
various activities and everyone was having an excellent time. It is
great to see the young children having so much fun and brought back memories
from my youth of the activities such as hay rides, apple bobbing, wiener
roasts and trick-or-treating from house to house when things were much more
innocent and pure or at least it seemed that way. No one was in fear
of contaminated treats and candies being given out or any type of violence
although there occasionally might be some random vandalism by those destined
to become wards of the State. The highlight was at nightfall with
multitudes walking the uptown streets showing off their consumes,
cruising the square and
having great clean wholesome fun. Large fireworks such as the
TNTs and M60s were commonly exploded but are no longer legal but they sure
made a horrific loud bang and used unsafely could lead to some serious
injuries which accounted for their ultimate demise.
It was wonderful to see some of the older downtown
historic buildings; e.g., Belk's and the
Court House take on new life with their current make over and below a few
pictures giving tribute to them as well. Enough of my rambling and
going back in time.......will add pixs taken. I apologize for some of the pictures because of
the sun angle but could not avoid the mixed shadows due to the time of the
day. Pix of the hay ride:
Picture of the majestic Anson County Court House after extensive exterior cleaning and
renovation of which looks brand new! Many decades ago when John
"Hillbilly John" was the WADE radio station chief
engineer, bottle washer and announcer, he was reported to have said over one
of his early morning radio shows "that it was so cold that morning that
the soldier standing in front of the Court House had put his hands in his
pockets to keep warm"...........grin if you must!
Click on the below thumbnail pixs taken for a larger screen view and you just might see yourself
in front of Bill aka Mickey Porter's camera:
A few pixs of uptown/downtown buildings. The ole
B C Moore & Sons bldg. now
the Anson County Government Center::
Another view of the Anson County Court House circa 1912 which has
nobility, style and class, whereas newer construction techniques are more
mundane and ordinary with form following
function. Check the jail and newer court house for
Below memorial of those that gave the
ultimate sacrifice that all of us can enjoy our Freedom today!
Below, pix of the U.S. Post Office in the background
I believe I captured digital images of all of the displays and there were
many entries in the Costume Contest that was broken down into age group
categories. There were some very creative made from scratch costumes
aka home made and all either "store bought" or custom were great!
The stage is on the lot that was once occupied by The Fox and Lyon
Company owned by Robert P. Lyon in 1908 after graduating from the Atlanta
School of Pharmacy. It was later operated by Risden A. Lyon until he
sold out to William C. Bias, who had taken over the Parson's Drug Company
across the street. In the basement of the building was Jim Grave's
Barber Shop back in the 1930s and many local barbers including Shine
James, Doss Heavner, J. Huneycutt, Grant Hinson, etc. got their start there and
many later moved into the basement barbershop on the corner of S. Rutherford Street and
West Wade Street and/or moved into their own businesses. The building
burned to the ground in the early 1980s if memory is correct. I have
pictures taken of the fire at night somewhere in my helter skelter filing
I remember going upstairs to have a quick snack in the Lyon's Den and Ms.
Ruth Crawford worked many years for Risden Lyon which seems like only
yesterday..............time certainly does not wait on anyone or anything!
pix of the stage and judging area for the Costume Contest with Sharolyn Carpenter of the
Wadesboro Arts Council
the MC for this event::
Click on the thumbnail pixs for a larger screen view:
My last picture of the day is of
Check that beautiful smile out!
I had a tremendous amount of fun today and got a chance to talk with many
ole friends and toured James
- Antiques and Pottery store of which he
has a humongous amount of merchandise packed in there.
This Uptown Wadesboro, Inc. Fall Festival 2013 was certainly a success
and please give the sponsors of this event your support and thanks for
donating their time and resources to make it happen.
In closing, Two of the Greatest Ships that
ever sailed, Friendship and Fellowship.
Web published by Bill aka Mickey Porter 10-26-13.