Lebanon Junction festival scene will be a little different come this fall

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By Mary Barczak

 LEBANON JUNCTION - The month of September usually heralds the return of the annual Old Fashioned Days Festival.

However, this year it will be nowhere in sight for patrons... for that month anyways.

Last month, OFD committee president Terry Stovall resigned. 

Lebanon Junction resident Paula Ballard replaced him as the new leader. She was previously on the OFD committee for three years before taking last year off.

Ballard said her goal is to “work with everyone” to plan the festival for the spring or summer sometime. 

The decision was made due to the LJ parks committee’s announcement that they would be putting on a fall festival Sept. 26-27.

Connie Jackson, president of the parks committee, said after the old OFD members resigned, the parks committee helped to “absorb” a lot of the work in putting on the festival last year.

“After the festival, we wanted to go in a different route than the OFD committee was going in,” she said.

Jackson said the committee plans to bring back a lot of the same elements from the old event to the fall festival, such as the fireworks, parade, music, inflatables and food booths.

Jackson’s committee typically hosts Summerfest or a spring festival each year.

For now, Ballard said, they will continue trying to nail down details to continue to have the OFD festival this year still at the park.

“Last year I think it went wonderful in the park,” she said.

She stressed the importance of keeping the tradition going.

“I think our little city has a lot to offer,” Ballard said. “The festival will help people to see our potential.”

Currently the OFD committee has five members, but they are looking for more volunteers.