36th Annual Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival coming up
by Lindsay Craven
It’s almost time for the “grandaddy of festivals.”
The 36th Annual Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival will take place on Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the streets of downtown Yadkinville.
“It’s the one day of the year that the community gets to come together without an agenda,” said Jody Pounds, festival coordinator. “They get to just be and enjoy the resources and what we have here and just spend this time together. All of the chores and all the cares and all the worries are left behind and everybody gathers for one day in the community to celebrate the community and each other.”
This year’s festival will include a wide variety of food and craft vendors, there will be demonstrations on gardening and farming tips that anyone can try at home, artist demonstrations in various mediums, activities and inflatables for children, a cruise in on Main Street, a petting zoo, live music throughout the day and the 7th Annual Yadkin Valley Idol Contest.
The Yadkin Farmer’s Market will be at the festival with vendors selling in season fruits and vegetables, plants, baked goods and more. The Farmer’s Market participants will also be hosting demonstrations on growing your own eggs at home and on testing your soil and water.
Opening ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. various activities and performances will be going on throughout the day. Many of the downtown businesses will be open to welcome the town and organizations and clubs will have booths set out throughout the festival with information, items for purchase, raffle tickets and contests.
Another highlight to this year’s festival will be the unveiling of the nearly completed Willingham Theater in the Yadkin Arts Council building. the theater doors will be open throughout the festival for the community to see the progress that’s been made so far.
There will be a canned food drive for Yadkin Christian Ministries the day of the festival. Festival attendees are asked to bring as many canned goods as possible and drop them off at the Rotary Club tent on the courthouse corner.
The Yadkin Valley Cruisers will also be holding a raffle to benefit the Special Olympics.
The event is hosted by the Yadkin Arts Council. Last year’s festival drew a crowd estimated at 15,000.
“We hope to see an ever increasing feeling of community and celebration of life here in the Yadkin Valley,” said John Willingham, president of the Yadkin Arts Council. “We hope the festival helps people really appreciate what we have in this community and recognize the good that comes out of it. It’s classic small town America with great values and a simplistic life.”
Check the Sept. 13 edition of The Yadkin Ripple for your guide to this year’s Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival. The guide will include entertainment schedules, maps and detailed information about what you’ll find this year.
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