Annual Harvest Festival has big surprises for this year

Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter

September 19, 2013

This year’s Harvest Festival is going to be bigger and better than ever, according to Yadkin Arts Council’s president John Willingham.

Willingham and the council are celebrating the 37th festival, continuing its tradition of being the longest running annual festival in the Yadkin Valley.

This year the event will feature new attractions, new booths, and a few surprises for those who attend.

Opening ceremonies take place at 11 a.m., with the event running from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Willingham said the event used to have the ceremonies at the very first of the day, but the opening events have been moved back to allow more people to attend.

As in previous years classic cars will line the streets of Yadkinville.

Two stages will be used this year also. But this year the stages will alternate performances rather than at the same time.

Willingham said last year the simultaneous performances overshadowed each other a bit. Now the performances will compliment each other rather than let attendees hear two musicians performing at once.

The Yadkin County Agricultural Showcase will once again turn the parking area in frontof the planning building into a livestock and equipment venue for kids of all ages.

New this year behind the Cultural Arts Center will be a traveling gem mine from Georgia. The owners travel across the Southeast bringing field trips to kids whose schools may not be able to take them long distances with the economic climate.

While Willingham would not say what all the surprises were for this year, but did let The Ripple in on some of the sure-to-be hits. Those who show up for the whole event won’t have to worry about missing anything.

More information is located in the special Harvest Festival tab located inside today’s paper.

To contact Taylor Pardue call 336-835-1513 ext. 15, or email him at tpardue@civitasmedia.com.