Rain dampened most of the Frankfort Fall Festival's official opening day, but the actions of an unknown Good Samaritan provided a bright spot for a very thankful festival visitor.
A woman who didn't wish to be identified returned a lost wallet that had close to $1,000 in cash during Fall Fest on Saturday, Sept. 1, event officials said.
At around 11:10 a.m., a woman in her 30s reported leaving behind her purple Coach wallet in a portable toilet on Kansas Street, near the beer tent and food court, said festival communications co-chair Bette Bulmer, who took the report at the .
Bulmer said she asked the woman, who was visibly upset, how much money was in the pocketbook.
"I asked if it was like a hundred in cash," Bulmer said. "The girl said it was more like a thousand."
Shortly after the woman left the chamber offices, which serves as the event's communication center during Fall Fest, volunteer Sue Wolf radioed Bulmer from the information booth on Kansas Street, informing her that a woman had turned in a purple Coach wallet.
When asked, the woman, who appeared to be in her 50s, refused to give her name, saying she didn't want any recognition for her good deed, Wolf said.
"I told her that [the woman who lost the wallet] will want to thank you," Wolf added.
With the pocketbook in hand, Bulmer called the woman, who was just getting into her car, ready to leave the festival. The woman returned to the chamber offices and checked the wallet's contents. Bulmer asked if all the money was there, and the woman, on the verge of tears, said nothing appeared to be missing.
"She was just shaky," Bulmer said. "She couldn't believe it was returned. … She was so glad to get that back. That looked like that was all the money she had."
The experience left Bulmer and other festival volunteers and organizers feeling good about the type of visitors the event attracts.
"I had goosebumps," Bulmer said about the incident. "I can't believe that it was turned in."
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