Madison Community Celebrates Bottle Hill Day

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Celeste Post, A&E Editor

October 6th, 2012 was a normal day for most, but for Madison residents it was Bottle Hill Day, the annual festival that takes place on the first Saturday of October every year. This year, from Waverly Place down Central Avenue to Dodge Field was shut down and filled with booths and stands. The delicious smell of kettle corn, Thai food, burgers and other mouthwatering delicacies wafted through the streets from restaurants and booths. The Madison plumbing booth had its usual toilet filled with pens, and the giant stage by the train tracks blasted out music from local townie bands such as Rosewood as well as our own Madison Marching Dodgers.

The layout of Bottle Hill day is something one learns early in life. Dodge Field and Central Avenue School rang out with carnival sounds of moon bounces, petting zoos and kiddie attractions. A large stage acted to showcase bands from local music schools. A small stage at the intersection of Central and Cook showcased the talents of many Madison students, such as MHS junior Patty Doyle. Other booths, such as the one run by Robotics club allowed for hands on action as residents passing by were offered a chance to drive some of the club’s robots.

Luckily for us, Madison was able to once again pull off a successful Bottle Hill Day, despite the threat of rain and cold. College students were able to stop by and enjoy their hometown festival, and Madison residents celebrated town history.

Looking at the Central Waverly strip now, one would never guess that just last weekend it was stuffed to the brim with booths and people, but that’s the magic of Bottle Hill Day. Good job to everyone who participated in a booth this year, and here’s to those who will pitch in to help make it a success next year!