Burke Celebrates Fall Foliage

burkefoliageBURKE- Neighbors and community members gathered in the East Burke Village over the weekend to celebrated the coming of a new season with the Fall Foliage Festival. Des Hurtz, the Chair of the One Burke task force group thinks the festival is a great way to showcase the town of Burke. "I think the festival is fabulous. It's a great way to showcase the East Burke village and our community, and folks from all over town come to this festival. The parade with local schools and organizations is traditional and classic, I love it."

 The festival welcomed all members of the community, including some furrier friends. Josh Galarza who attended the festival said, "Everyone is so personal and everyone has a dog. It'd different from where I'm from because stuff like this you're kind of restricted, so you can't bring animals and have a good time."

There were 68 vendors that took part in the festival who shared their work with everyone. Lynn Welch a vendor from St. Elizabeth's Church said, "This is such a wonderful event that brings everybody out, neighbors can get out and see other neighbors. Vendors get to share their wears and we have some very talented people around here doing a very beautiful job."

Along with the festival, the Burke Citizen of the Year was announced by the Burke Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented to Des Hurtz for her work with the One Burke task force group. Hurtz says, "I'm thirlled. I think that the choice was made probably because of the work I've done with those task forces and the organization to promote One Burke." The task force group was formed a year ago and works to revtilize the town of Burke and the education system.