Zoann Hickrod says the Howell General Baptist booth has been going to Fall Festival since 1952. Which is when her mother helped create the pronto pup. The West Side Nut Club says this is the longest continuous booth they know of.
"We feel very honored that we're still here," said Hickrod.
The recipe for the pronto pup has stayed the same since 1952, but not much else has.
"I remember dressing up in costume and coming down to the west side, most everyone did. The store windows were all painted. People brought their animals, dogs, and cats, and dressed them also," said Hickrod.
Zoann says The Fall Festival has been a part of her family for her entire life. Her mother passed away several years ago just days before The Fall Festival, but she passed along the pronto pup recipe to her daughter.
"As much as it broke my heart, when the funeral was over mother would've wanted me to be here, and I was," Hickrod said in front of her booth.
"I actually wanted to put a pronto pup in her coffin, but they talked me out of it," she said followed by laughter.
Now it's Zoann's turn to pass along the values she learned from the fall festival.
"We're trying to instill into our children the values to be learned, by working together as a group, as church members, fellowshipping together."
Unfortunately, Zoann has had some health problems of her own.
"In April I was diagnosed with a blood cancer, lymphoma."
She has been receiving some intense treatment, but even that won't keep her away from The Fall Festival tradition.
"It feels like this is where I belong." And nobody can take that away from her. "We will never give up this booth. As long as us old timers can set a foot in here and stick a pronto pup in that grease, or whatever it takes to do it."
Zoann says treatment has been going well and she hopes to be in remission soon.