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Harvest Festival slated

By Staff | Sep 30, 2009

BRINGING IN THE HARVEST — Jim Bowen is no stranger to bringing in a large harvest. He is among several Tyler County residents who throw their hats in the ring to grow the biggest pumpkin in the county. He is pictured here with a 1,200 pounder from 2007.

The 26th annual Middle Island Harvest Festival will kick off on Friday, Oct. 2 and run through Sunday, Oct. 4 with plenty of family-friendly activities slated.

Held at the fairgrounds in Middlebourne, the three-day festival will feature daily attractions such as a sorghum making demonstration, apple butter making, corn meal grinding, an antique engine display, a flea market, arts and crafts, portable saw mill demonstration, chain saw art, big pumpkins and much more.

The annual Harvest Princess contest will be held on Friday evening at 7 p.m. in the log building. Contestants must be between the ages of seven and 10 years of age and must reside in Tyler County.

Pumpkin decorating and scarecrow contest entries must be received on Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Judging will take place at 6 p.m.

Day two will start with breakfast at 8 a.m. and cider making by the FFA chapter.

A car, truck, rod and custom show will be held from 2-4 p.m. with registration beginning at 10 a.m. Call 304-758-2667 for more information.

Soup beans and cornbread and beef roast can be enjoyed at noon.

Active festival-goers can take part in horseshoe pitching at noon, the bow shoot scheduled for 1 p.m. or Bingo at 2 p.m.

A big pumpkin auction has been scheduled for 2 p.m.

On Sunday, breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. with a pork loin and grilled chicken lunch planned for noon in the log building.

Tractor enthusiasts can watch the antique tractor show and rodeo at 1 p.m. The annual muzzleloader shoot will be held at 1 p.m. and is for rifles only. No scopes will be allowed.

Admission to the festival is free.

Bring a lawn chair and join in the fun.