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 59 years ago can only be described as legendary.
The 2016 Autumn Trails brought the blending of the old with the new. Many old events were revived and new events were added to the lineup. A fan favorite was the newly added Grand Parade which was held on the last Saturday in September and designed to kick off the upcoming month’s festivities. People lined the streets to catch commemorative 2016 Autumn Trails cups and beads and see the Autumn Trails Queen Contestants as well as the Raiderettes, WHS Cheerleaders and many others le. The parade was led by Mayor Randy Parrish and Grand Marshall "Uncle Bob" Willis.
Saturday, October 1 saw the crowning of Queen Autumn Trails, Summer Geraci and her court Kaitlin Jones and Star Boggs. Howard Rosser, Gerald Post, Grayford Jones, David Rose, Brett Burnett and Mike Banks were inducted in to the Autumn Trails Hall of Fame.
Autumn Trails 1965, Con Jordan and grandson AT Board Member Mack Jordan enjoy the Duncanville to Winnsboro Trail Ride. According to Mack the team belonged to Lundy Corley, and he was 2 years old at the time.
Queen Autumn Trails Summer Geraci
Photo by Time of Your Life Photography
The second weekend brought the chili cook off to Elm Street 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 Winnsboro Wellness Coalition coordinated Go! Find!, a scavenger hunt in the downtown area. The pet show was held on the First National Bank parking lot with special guest and former Winnsboro resident, Bill McFarland and Z performing a training demonstration. Prizes were awarded for Best Dressed Pet and Best Pet Trick. Children 12 and under were able to participate in a money scramble sponsored by City National Bank.
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, Jimmy Zercher, of No-Bull Horsemanship hosted a clinic and Sunday service in the arena prior to the traditional trail ride.
Old car weekend was a huge success with approximately 200 As, Ts, and classics parading down the streets of Winnsboro with the As and Ts parking on Main and the classics to the park for a show. After lunch, participants enjoyed a leisurely drive through the countryside or back to the park for the Swap Meet.
The Autumn Trails Association would like to thank the Winnsboro Economic Development Corporation, the City of Winnsboro, and our sponsors and supporters for making 2016 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 59 years. 2017 promises to be just as chocked full of activities. Check back often for updates and information!