As summer fades away, many people view the arrival of serene autumn evenings as a chance to reflect. And there’s no better family-friendly opportunity for that than the 11th annual Fife Harvest Festival, taking place Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The event has steadily grown over the last decade, and represents Fife’s storied history, its vibrant present and its promising future.
“The harvest festival is celebrating Fife’s roots. We were originally a farming community, and we want to honor the people that developed this city and recognize the hard work that goes into harvesting the food we eat every day with harvesting activities,” Festival Coordinator Bonnie Moeller said.
Not only is the festival a great opportunity to honor the past, but also a place to check out all kinds of arts, crafts, foods, performances and vendors. The full day festival is meant to entertain the entire family while celebrating the harvest season.
Free kids events at the festival include face painting, balloon animals, arts and crafts, a Kids Korner, Hoppin’ Horses, a prize hay pile, pony rides, cowboy and cowgirl dress-up and pumpkin bowling. Not to mention events the whole family can enjoy like Council Corn on the Cob, hay rides, a petting zoo, a free hot dog meal (while supplies last) a stuff-a-scarecrow event and the apple squeeze.
Before festivities officially start, citizens are invited to attend a pancake breakfast at the Dacca Barn featuring eggs, sausage links and, of course, a healthy serving of flapjacks. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for youth or $15 for a family.
After finishing breakfast, citizens are welcome to attend the annual parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. at City Hall, another absolutely free attraction at the Harvest Fest.
“We have some big changes from last year, including a brand new rock wall that we never had before, and the entertainment will be new with new music this year. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger,” Moeller said.
New animal exhibits include a reptile and reindeer exhibit that will allow children to interact with animals that they normally may not see in Fife.
The transition to fall may also mean some rough weather for the area, but organizers plan to put on the festival whatever the skies may bring.
“Rain or shine, we’ll be out there,” Moeller said.
For more information on the Harvest Festival or to apply to be a vendor, volunteer, sponsor or part of the parade, visit cityoffife.org/city-departments/parks-and-recreation/harvest-festival.