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First Annual Rupert Autumn Fest

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By Brandon Redmond

Rupert, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The first annual autumn fest was held in downtown Rupert Saturday afternoon. The event featured a live band, beer wine and cheese garden, vendors and plenty of children's activities. While the event was held to honor the harvest and German heritage, the money raised will benefit a historic building in the community.

Jesse Hess is one of the Autumn Fest committee members. "The first annual Autumn Fest basically we got together as a committee and decided we would try to raise funds for the Wilson Theater."

The historic landmark of Rupert was built in 1919. Money raised from the festival will help fund the restoration of the building. "Well we want to get the theater completed as soon as we can and this is just another way to raise funds to further our process on that," Hess told us.

The festival had plenty to offer for all ages. Adults had a chance to sample beer, wines and cheeses from across the area while a miniature train took the kids on rides across the downtown park. Tours of the historic theater were also given during the festival.

"Anything local is great and so to have Rupert have an event like this is wonderful. And so many people have put so much time and work and money into fixing it up, I just think it's a really great cause for the community," said Lane Baker who was attending the first annual festival.

Autumn Fest was a fun community event that benefits a historic landmark. We will have more on the historic theater Sunday Night on KMVT’s News at 10.



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