Autumn in Winnsboro: A Magical Time of Year
As the days get shorter and shorter and the nights get cooler and cooler something magical is about to happen in Winnsboro: Autumn Trails! The festival began when a few friends gathered on a cool, crisp October morning in 1958 to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage in the area on horseback. What started that Sunday morning 58 years ago can only be described as legendary.
The 2015 Autumn Trails brought the blending of the old with the new. Many old events were revived and new events were added to the line up. A fan favorite was the newly added Grand Parade designed to kick off the month’s festivities. After the parade, a Best Dressed Jeep Contest and Best Dressed Pet Contest were held at the City Park. Later that evening saw the revival of the Autumn Trails Ball and inductions to the newly formed Autumn Trails Hall of Fame. Rayburn Denver, Gary Lile, Bob Berry, and the Redding Family were honored as the first inductees into the hall of fame. In addition, The HAWKS and the Autumn As were recognized as Friends of Autumn Trails for their dedication to the success of Autumn Trails. Finally, Carolyn Carney was recognized for serving 30 years on the Autumn Trails Board of Directors. An art and photography contest was also added and prizes were awarded during the ball. Saturday saw the crowning of Queen Autumn Trails, Logan Redding.
The second weekend brought the revival of the chili cook off with members of the Gus Garrison Masonic Lodge graciously stepping in to coordinate. Also, Arts & Crafts returned downtown to the delight of vendors and patrons alike. The Outlaws, a gun fighting group, provided entertainment for all ages under the pavilion.
In addition to the traditional trail ride festivities, the third weekend featured a Saturday trail ride and the participation and response was very favorable. The Taste of Winnsboro and the Pie Contest were held at the civic center. The trail ride dance drew a record crowd for trail ride awards and dancing the night away. Also, Hat Creek Cowboy Church hosted a Sunday service in the arena prior to the traditional trail ride.
Although we received record rainfall for old car weekend, Tex said the show must go on and that it did! The As, Ts, and a few classics paraded down the streets of Winnsboro with some drivers and passengers wearing scuba gear and flippers. Unfortunately, the classic car show was cancelled.
The Autumn Trails Association would like to thank the Wood County Industrial Commission, the Winnsboro Economic Development Corporation, the City of Winnsboro, and our sponsors and supporters for making 2015 a successful year.
October is a magical time of year in Winnsboro! The history. The fun. The memories. That's what makes Winnsboro Home of the Autumn Trails for 58 years. 2016 promises to be just as chocked full of activities. Check back often for updates and information!