King George County’s inaugural fall festival weathered an off-and-on drizzle and was proclaimed “a wonderful success” by the festival’s chairman in October 1959.

On that Halloween day, umbrellas were out among parade watchers as well as participants—such as festival queen contestant Joyce Sanford (top right.)

The Dahlgren Civic Association’s float showing three witches at work over a boiling cauldron was judged as best parade entry.

Later, hundreds capped the festivities with a masquerade ball at King George High School.

The fall festival would continue for decades, becoming a yearly county tradition.

This year’s 60th annual Fall Festival is happening Saturday, with a craft and vendor fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and children’s activities and carnival games from noon to 4 p.m. at King George High School. The parade will start at 11 a.m. at Smoot Library and end at the school.

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