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By Kitsey E. Burns



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YADKINVILLE — The Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival will return for its 38th year on Sept. 20, and 2014 promises to be a year of big changes for the oldest festival in the Yadkin Valley.


The festival is held in the middle of downtown Yadkinville and will begin at 9 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m. and will feature a wide array of activities for families and children, heritage crafts, vendors, food, rides, music and more.


This year’s largest addition will be the first ever “Carnival Alley” located on East Main Street. This new addition will feature carnival-style game booths run by local non-profits, educational and sport booster teams. All available booth spaces will be donated to the local groups and all funds raised will go directly to the respective organizations.


At the base of “Carnival Alley” will be a large assortment of amusement rides. Inflatable attractions will include The Candyland Adventure, Challengers Ultimate Race, Wild Wave Slide and Gladiator Joust. Other attractions include a rock climbing wall, micro-reality racing, mini-golf, a bungee trampoline jump, and gyro-sphere. Tickets for rides range from $1 to $7 each and rides will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


This year’s musical entertainment will be held on the Outdoor Plaza Stage at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center. The musical lineup is 8 Pound Hammer at 10:30 a.m., None of the Above at 11:45 a.m., The Deluge at 1 p.m., Big Daddy Mojo at 2:15 p.m. and Oil & Renegar at 3:30 p.m.


Expansions have been made to the annual heritage area located in the lot between the NC Cooperative Extension Office and the back of the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center. Jody Pounds, Harvest Festival coordinator, has been working alongside NC Cooperative Extension Services and Horne Creek Living Historical Farm to bring booths, exhibits and demonstration honoring heritage crafts and farming.


The Yadkin Cultural Art Center’s YARD Artist Studios will be open throughout the festival. Visitors will find glasswork by Jody Pounds, watercolors and alcohol inks by Sandi Thomas, fine art painting from Joan Means and multimedia textures by Lisa Drum.


Race More for Macemore, a 5K Run/Walk, also will be joining forces with the Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival in 2014. This annual event honors Austin Macemore, a Boonville resident who died at 19 after a courageous battle against cancer. In the spirit of Austin’s giving spirit and passion to help others, Big A Ministries was founded and its funds support other youth with serious health conditions, mission trips, the YMCA, athletic organizations, and provides scholarships for college bound students.


Race More for Macemore will begin at Collide Church in Yadkinville and finish at the entrance of the festival on Elm Street. For additional information regarding the 5K contact Wayne at 336-367-3367 or wtabm@aol.com and Rob at 336-679-2705 or robsnyder@triad.rr.com.


All the foods festival goers have come to expect and love will fill Elm Street in front of the courthouse with blueberry smoothies, fresh squeezed lemonade, potato twirls, teriyaki on a stick, barbecue by Boonville’s Woodbox restaurant, cool treats from Snow Cup Divas, gluten free and sugar free options and more.


Vendors spots are still available but are going fast. Interested vendors should contact Jody Pounds via email at jody@yadkinarts.org.


Non-profits or school and sports related organizations that would like to participate in the “Carnival Alley” game booth option should email Jody at jody@yadkinarts.org.


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