Fairgrounds celebrates Eclipse over Orleans, Home Show

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 April 2024 at 8:24 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

KNOWLESVILLE – There were about 50 beach balls decorated in different themes as part of a contest for kids at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds. This one has a fire truck theme.

The beach balls were hung from the ceiling of the Trolley Building as planets.

It was one of many “Eclipse Over Eclipse” activities from Friday through this afternoon to celebrate the total eclipse in Orleans County.

Owen Gallo, 6, of Holley digs with a toy excavator in a display by Bentley brothers at the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce’s Home, Garden & Outdoor Show on Sunday. Owen joined his mother Michelle Gallo in visiting about 30 vendors at the show.

In back, representing Bentley brothers includes Hannah Wehling, left, and Courtney Traxler. Wehling works in marketing and advertising for Bentley while Traxler is a parts specialist.

Katie Sommerfeldt was among the vendors at the Home, Garden & Outdoor Show, promoting her business, KT Drainage and Consulting. She started that business three years ago to help property owners. She also is the director of the Soil & Water Conservation District in Orleans County, where she does surveys, planning and design work. With her new business, she can operate an excavator and do some of the physical work with the projects.

This beach balloon was decorated as a colorful planet as part of the “Eclipse Over Orleans” celebration at the Fairgrounds.