Home Doll market Girl Scouts entertain visitors to Webster’s Fall Festival with a re-enactment

Girl Scouts entertain visitors to Webster’s Fall Festival with a re-enactment

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By Laura Preston

On Saturday, September 24, the Webster Township Historical Society and Webster United Church of Christ held their 39th Webster Fall Festival at the Historic Webster Village.

The annual event has attracted hundreds of people to enjoy the historic buildings, displays of antique equipment and cars, a sale of heritage plants, a craft market, a “Taste of Webster” sale of baked goods and preserves , an auction, wagon rides, a petting zoo, music, and wool spinning and blacksmithing demonstrations.

(L-R) Kendal Nieman, Congressman Debbie Dingell, Chloe Baker

For the first time, the Girl Scouts of the Dexter area lent a hand in the event by organizing their own demonstrations. The Girl Scouts gave demonstrations of making butter, making yarn dolls and washing historic clothes. Many children and adults came to observe and participate in these demonstrations. Additionally, older Girl Scouts sold raffle tickets to help raise funds for the Webster Township Historical Society. This event gave the Girl Scouts the opportunity to practice speaking in public, which gave them confidence.

Kendal Nieman with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Fall Festival patrons

Participants included: Troupe 40467, led by Wendy Nieman, including Kendal Nieman; Troop 40626, led by Kari Stroschein, including Rachel Perrine; Troop 40711, led by Mary Lynch, including Kathy Lynchand Kaci Fisher; Troupe 40176, led by Raquel Alexander, including Anna Fleuren, Molly Fleuren, Ana Skidmore, Lily Thursman, Penelope Thursman, Chloe Baker and Tori Alexander; and finally Troupe 40698, led by Laura Preston, including Avery Smith, Stella Moazami, Elly Briggs and Amelia Jones.

Amelia Jones, Elly Briggs, Raquel Alexander

The Girl Scouts had an unexpected visit from Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, once a Girl Scout herself, who observed their demonstrations. Girl Scouts encourage leadership among girls, and it’s no surprise that 64% of today’s female leaders in the United States were once Girl Scouts.

The partnership between the Webster Township Historical Society and the Dexter Area Girl Scouts has been positive and mutually beneficial to both parties. The Dexter Area Girl Scouts would like to thank the Historical Society for the opportunity provided to the Fall Festival, especially Board Member Joanne Westman.

Kaci Fisher, Kathy Lynch, Mary Lynch

The Webster Township Historical Society will be hosting a “Halloween on the Green” event at Webster Historic Village on Sunday, October 23, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For kids ages 5-12, it will include costumes, crafts, cider and donuts, plus a parade trick or treat for each historic building. The cost is $5. For more information, email [email protected]

Photos by Laura Preston and Wendy Nieman