Harvest Fest Saturday to feature lots of vendors, fun

Sean C. Morgan

The annual Harvest Festival, with a variety of activities for children and families, kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sankey Park.

The festival runs through 2 p.m.

Instead of pumpkins, the Harvest Festival will feature Zany Zoo Pets, a petting zoo from Eugene, said Julie Fisher, city planning assistant. It will include at least 20 different animals.

The Pacific Tree Climbing Institute will help youngsters climb Sankey Park’s trees. Sweet Home Fire Department will have its ladder truck and Sweet Home Police Department will have a patrol car for children and visitors to explore. Chafin Farms will provide carriage rides, and there will be face painting.

“We’ll have a couple carnival-style games, like we’ve done in the past,” Fisher said.

Hot dogs will be free while they last, starting at 11:30 a.m., she said. “We have free popcorn, and we’ll have free pumpkin pie.”

She noted that a vendor, DeJoy’s Kettle Korn, will sell kettle corn.

Dan Freed, the Amazing Spaghetti; Cascade Performing Arts; and All Rights Reserved, which includes Tim Riley of Sweet Home, will entertain visitors.

“We have so many vendors, Weddle Bridge is completely full,” Fisher said. Vendors are overflowing onto the lawn around the bridge.

The Harvest Festival was initially axed from the city’s budget in the spring, but the Budget Committee restored the funding.

“I am glad to have it back,” Fisher said. It draws a big crowd. She doesn’t have an accurate count, but the city gave away 400 pumpkins last year, along with 200 hot dogs in a half hour. She thinks 800 is a low estimate.

The festival happens “rain or shine,” Fisher said. “Hopefully shine.”