shinglehouse fall fest sign

SHINGLEHOUSE — The annual Shinglehouse Pleasant Street Fall Festival is slated for Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The event is a fundraiser for the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library and will feature free child fingerprinting kits with the local police, blood pressure checks by the Shinglehouse Fire Department, local crafty vendors, raffles, a chance auction, children’s face painting, food and music.

The fingerprinting kits and blood pressure tests are new this year, as the library tries to bring in something different each year. Also new this year is a performance by G2 Gymnasts and the Shinglehouse Community Choir.

Beef on wick sandwiches, hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available for purchase, and the fire department will hold a bake sale as well.

At 1 p.m., local gymnasts from the G2 Gymnastics and Fitness competition team will — weather permitting — perform for the crowd.

“The performance will consist of small dance and then tumbling,” Jonnie Geiger, owner of G2 Gymnastics and Fitness said. “The competitive team will display their tumbling skills ... we usually do a few summer performances and we were asked to do this one as well.”

G2 Gymnastics and Fitness has 33 gymnasts on its competitive team, but have more than 100 total students in the program. The recreational program begins at age three until 18.

Last season, all of their eligible team members qualified at the state level and brought home 30 state medals, including three state titles.

Following the gymnastics performance, the Shinglehouse Community Choir will sing excerpts from their summer show, “Blast from the Past.”

The community choir is new, it was started a couple years ago, and is full of locals who enjoy music and singing. The director, Cheri Maxson, is always looking for new members.

Street Music by a local DJ, Keith Hopkins, will also have music on all day.

The day is intended to promote the community and local small businesses.

“Community is everything in a small town, there are so many hidden gems in communities that people aren’t aware of,” Marjorie Milliken, of the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, said.

High school students of Oswayo Valley Area School District will be helping a lot during the festival. They’re not only doing free face painting for kids, but they’re also helping the library members set up and tear down the event.