The 39th annual Harvest Festival in Yadkinville is just around the corner and folks are getting geared up for the fun.
According to Yadkin Arts Council President John Willingham, the event is the oldest, longest running community festival in the region, originally it was called the Sunbonnet Festival.
“It was started in 1976 by the Yadkinville Jaycees. The date was set as the third Saturday in September and remains so to this day,” Willingham said. “After a number of years the name of the festival was changed to the Harvest Festival. In 2013 the Yadkin Arts Council took over management of the event and changed the name to the Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival.”
This year’s festival will take place on Sept. 19 and will feature fun fall food and activities for all ages.
“The size and scope of the YVHF has steadily changed over the years,” Willingham said. “It now encompasses most of downtown Yadkinville.”
Organizer Jodi Pounds said there will be a variety of vendors at the festival selling everything from jewelry to homemade jam, pottery, wood turnings, fiber crafts and more.
There also will be a variety of food vendors as well with great treats of all types.
Live musical entertainment will take place throughout the day on the plaza outside the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center featuring None of the Above, Taylor Vaden and the Memphis Thunder and Oil and Renegar.
A kids amusement area will be part of the festival again this year with fun games and activities.
Willingham said this year’s event also will feature something new and different for the adults to enjoy. Local company Ireland Insurance will be sponsoring a Beer Garden at the Front Yard and Yadtel is sponsoring a TV lounge with big screen televisions for viewing college football games.
The festival is sure to be a fun day for kids and adults alike.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.