Over 600 people were in attendance to celebrate Common Grounds One Year Anniversary Fall Festival.

Over 600 people were in attendance to celebrate Common Grounds One Year Anniversary Fall Festival.

Saturday, October 27th Common Grounds Celebrated one year in business!

Gridley, IL – Saturday, October 27th, 2018 Common Grounds in Gridley held their One Year Anniversary Celebration Fall Festival from 2pm to 5pm. Over 600 people attended the Free Apple Pie and Homemade Ice Cream event located at the corner of route 24 and Main Street in Gridley. They located the event in the parking lot with a large tent full of tables of baked goods, coffee sampling tables, t-shirts, and other local merchandise and goods. In addition to the tent, there was a large and small obstacle course bouncy house for the kids and pumpkin decorating for both kids and adults. The winner of the $50 grand prize for the best carved pumpkin was Alex Poppen of Gridley, the second prize of the “Free Pie of Choice” was Dave Poppen, and the third prize was Paul and Jack Gramm with a Common Grounds gift basket. Winners were chosen by popular vote. A large bonfire surrounded by straw bales was a popular spot for families and s’more packets were passed out to enjoy. Hailey Martin was in charge of the Candy Contest which contained 6 large Ball jars full of candy. The winners of the Candy Counting Contest are Grace Stanhouse, Kimberly Blaylock, Isaiah Carroll, Eloise Howell, and Gail Romersberger. Congratulations to all of the winners!

A brief program was held by Kyle Reinhard, owner. They started off by thanking the community for their outstanding support through the first year and for an incredible turnout! He also thanked all the employees and their families, as well as  everyone who had a part in remodeling the building, providing the supplies and food, and took part in the days activities. He concluded the speech with a prayer to thank God for the opportunity to have a coffee shop in the community.

Dan Brady then spoke on behalf of the entire Illinois House of Representatives and thanked Kyle and Katrina Reinhard for their part in the coffee shop and awarded them a commemorative plaque.

The evening concluded with every last cinnamon roll gone and one pie left! The Reinhards would like to thank everyone for coming out and supporting their community coffee shop on such a beautiful evening! A great time was had by all.

Katrina Reinhard