Harvest Festival features fun Saturday

Sean C. Morgan

The 11th Annual Harvest Festival will feature the return of many activities and a few new ones Saturday.

The Harvest Festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Sankey Park, 877 14th Ave.

“Pretty much the same stuff as last year,” said city Planning Assistance Katie Wilcox, who is organizing the city-sponsored event, with games, vendors, activities and music.

“The pie-eating contest is coming back,” Wilcox said, but the pie and chili cook-offs are not.

The festival will have free concessions, including popcorn, hot dogs, coffee, cider and hot chocolate.

Sweet Home Police Department will be on hand with a patrol car, and the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District may have its ladder truck there depending on its schedule.

The Tree Commission will sell trees.

“Last year, they almost sold out,” Wilcox said. “That money goes toward purchasing trees for our urban forest (street trees, school trees and memorial trees).”

The city has already purchased pumpkins from Persephone Farms, Wilcox said. The pumpkins are free, and children are invited to paint them.

Chafin Farms returns with hay rides, and the exotic petting zoo will be back.

Games will include potato sack races, tug o’ war and horseshoes.

Vendors will provide information, produce, crafts, foods and more.

The festival won’t host a band this year, Wilcox said. “This is another fun thing. We’re opening it up as a talent showcase.”

Two local girls will perform, Wilcox said. They are Hannah Wible, 11, and Ashley Morrelli, 13. The showcase is open to other performers who are invited to contact Wilcox.

“If we don’t get a full docket and we have some time, we might just open it up for karaoke,” she said.

The festival has about 50 vendors registered so far, she said. They’ll be spread out on Weddle Bridge and the lawn next to the bridge.

“I’m thinking it’s going to be really good,” Wilcox said. “I was told we’re going to have more staff support.”

The event also relies on community support and the partnership between the city and citizens, she said. “Each year it grows because we know we have that support. We know people like these things. ”

For more information contact the city planning office, (541) 367-8113, 1140 12th Ave.