JORDAN — Katie Hinman was 12 years old when Jordan hosted its first fall festival in 1946.

The event was much smaller back then, she described. Hosted near the heart of the village, Hinman said the main attraction of the first annual fall festival was an auction of a variety of items, like car parts and household appliances.

Hinman said she managed a popcorn stand back then. And as the festival celebrated its 70th year this weekend, the Jordan native — now 82 — was still working a food stand, this time at a pastry booth.

Jordan's three-day extravaganza concluded on Sunday with some of the festival's most popular events, the greased pole climb contests and an antique and classic car show. As they have in the past, proceeds from the festival will be donated to a variety of agencies, including the Jordan Pool, the local food bank and the Jordan Bramley Library.

Hinman said the event has grown a lot since 1946. The festival is now held along Beaver Street, while the auction from the inaugural event only lasted around 10 to 15 years, having died off when yard sales grew popular, Hinman said.

This year's festival also featured hay rides, a chicken barbecue and performances by several local groups, including the Jordan-Elbridge High School marching band and the Jordan-Elbridge Community Band.

"You can't argue with success," Hinman said.

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Michael Hanley holds on tight as 17-year-old Eric Hourigan climbs on his back and up a greased pole Sunday during the Jordan Fall Festival at the Beaver Street showgrounds.

Shirley Drummond first got involved with the fall festival with her husband in 1964 when they moved into the area from Rhode Island. 

She first started as an attendant for a booth called the Treasure Chest, which sold donated pieces of jewelry at very low prices — popular with children looking for a gift for mom, Drummond said. She later served as the festival's chair for 25 years until stepping down after 2011.

On Sunday, Drummond was back at the festival, saying one of her favorite parts about it — other than the food — is catching up people in the community that she does not get to see too often.

"When September comes, it's time for the fall festival," Drummond said. "It's a community fundraiser and it's what you do in Jordan."

Now Drummond, 86, hoping more volunteers get involved to continue the tradition.

She and Hinman both said the majority of the festival's volunteers are either the elderly or younger teens, and Drummond would like to see more middle-aged individuals get involved.

"Everybody from the community can benefit from this," Drummond said before adding, "It's a wonderful community event and we really need to keep it going. So many organizations benefit from it and we can't lose that."

Staff writer Greg Mason can be reached at (315) 282-2239 or greg.mason@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenMason.

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