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Saturday’s Harvest Festival to feature lots of tradition


September 27, 2016

MEGAN OBERG climbs a Douglas fir in Sankey Park during last year’s Harvest Festival. The ever-popular Pacific Tree Climbing Institute, which provides equipment for the activity, is scheduled to return this year, officials say.

Sweet Home residents are invited to spend part of Saturday in Sankey Park climbing trees, listening to music, playing games and generally having fun.

The City of Sweet Home will host its annual Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Sankey Park.

“We’re going to have the pumpkin decorating and the tree climbing, the same guys as last year (Pacific Tree Climbing Institute) because everybody loves them,” said Katie Wilcox, assistant planner. The celebration will also include potato sack racing, face painting, photo-op cutouts, a petting zoo and rides, courtesy of Chafin Farms.

Pumpkin decorating has been a key part of the event since it started, and the city has ordered some 300 that children can decorate.

The Heavy Chevy Band will provide music.

Vendors will be on Weddle Bridge and the grassy area nearby, Wilcox said. The public is invited to enjoy free coffee, apple cider and popcorn. She is hoping the city also will have free hot dogs, but she wasn’t certain of it.

DaJoys Kettle Corn will provide concessions during the festival.

The Harvest Festival will include an apple pie bake-off and a chili cook-off, Wilcox said. Members of the public interested in judging the contests may purchase a 50-50 raffle ticket. A judge’s name will be drawn for each event, and the raffle money will be split 50-50 between the judge and the winning cook.

Other games will include Kiddie Kroquet, a bean bag toss and finding prizes in a haystack. Children will also get a chance to color Harvest Festival fliers.

A lot of the supplies are coming from the summer recreation program the city once held, Wilcox said, so additional games will also include horseshoes, for example.

Sweet Home High School Key Club memers are returning to help city staff run the festival, Wilcox said.

“It’s a big free event put on by the city for the community just because we want people to enjoy being in town and enjoy being in the parks,” Wilcox said. It’s a positive activity in the parks, with something for everyone and lots of activities, vendors and snacks.

For more information or to get involved, call the planning office at (541) 367-8113 or stop by City Hall at 1140 12th Ave.


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