Thousands in Harvey County brave cold for 'Taste of Newton'

NEWTON, Kan. (KWCH) A couple weeks removed from the second hottest September on record,
Kansas experiences plummeting temperatures with overnight lows below freezing.

The big weather change Thursday coincided with an annual celebration in Harvey County: "A Taste of Newton." This year, the event included nearly 60 food trucks, but some music groups cancelled live performances due to the cold.

The event leading to this weekend's Bethel College Fall Festival annually draws about 9,000 people per year. While "A Taste of Newton" won't likely set any attendance records this year, the weather didn't spoil the celebration.

"This is small-town America at its finest," Newton resident Sharen Janzen says. "This is a town I was born and raised in and it brings all different types of people together. It's a good, positive thing for the entire community."