Harvest Fest line-up bigger than ever

Sean C. Morgan

The annual Harvest Festival, bigger and better than ever, opens at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sankey Park and runs through 2 p.m.

The event is free, said Katie Wilcox, city planning assistant. It will feature a variety of free activities for children and adults and shopping on and around Weddle Bridge.

Fifty-six vendors have signed up, Wilcox said. “It’s quite a lot. We have the lawn and the bridge full.”

That’s up from the 40s last year, she said, and booths will include crafts, produce, information and organizations.

Sweet Home Police Department and Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District will have vehicles, officers and firefighters on the scene, including the ladder truck, Wilcox said.

“We’re going to place them over by the bridge, so they can have the ladder up.”

The event returns several favorites, Wilcox said. Chafin Farms will provide free hay rides. The ever-popular Zany Zoo Petting Zoo and Pacific Tree Climbing Institute return.

A new artist, Earth Fairy Entertainment, will provide face painting this year, Wilcox said. Local musician Jobe Woosley and Company will provide live music, performing original music and covers.

“For the kids, we’re going to have potato sack races,” Wilcox said. Wilco and Kerr Farms provided some 400 pumpkins, which children will be able to decorate.

CH2M (formerly CH2M Hill). the city’s water and sewage contract, has donated hot dogs, and the city will provide free coffee, cider and popcorn while supplies last.

DaJoys Kettle Korn and T.J.’s Grill will sell food.

“We have some other games for the kids, carnival style,” Wilcox said, and the children will have a quiet sitting area where they can take a break and eat.

A pie bake-off is scheduled during the festival, Wilcox said. The contest offers three categories: pumpkin, apple and berry.

Participants should bake their pies and bring them to the festival, where they will be judged by Mayor Jim Gourley, Building Permit Technician Molly Laycock, Hawthorne School secretary Edene Rice and Mollie Andrews, retired owner of Mollie’s Bakery.

Prizes include gift certificates to A&W, the Steelhead Fitness juice bar, All-Star Pizza, the Woods Roadhouse, the Rio Theater and Trash to Treasure.

In a children’s division, 12 and younger, all participants will receive a prize.

“We’ve got a few little things, we might add,” Wilcox said. “It just depends on time and how many volunteers we have.”

The event has a lot of volunteer help, but it can use more if anyone is interested and willing, she said.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Wilcox at (541) 367-8113.