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32nd Annual Harvest Festival Set to Begin Friday

By Staff | Sep 29, 2015

There will be plenty of gorgeous antique engines on display at the 32nd annual Middle Island Harvest Festival.

The official start of autumn was just one week ago. What better way to welcome the crisp and cool days of the season than with the 32nd annual Middle Island Harvest Festival?

The event, held Oct. 2-4 at the Tyler County Fairgrounds, is guaranteed to offer a bit of laid-back comfort for everyone.

The festival officially opens at 10 a.m. Friday, though entries will be received for the pumpkin decorating contest and scarecrow contest from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Judging will begin at 6 p.m. Local schoolchildren can anticipate receiving free kool aid and a tasty apple butter sandwich on Friday as well.

Additional festivities for Friday include sorghum and apple butter making demonstrations, with each school child receiving a free apple butter sandwich and kool-aid.

Other activities include corn meal grinding, flea market, working crafts, arts and crafts fair, and old engine display.

Be sure to rise early Saturday, Oct. 3 as breakfast will be available at the concession stand beginning at 8 a.m. The filling meal will include pancakes with sorghum or syrup, sausage, and coffee. A roast beef dinner will also be served that day at noon.

Also, a baking contest will be held on Saturday. Entries must be in by 9 a.m. and must use apples, molasses, pumpkins or baking ammonia. Entries will be judged at 10 a.m.

Other events for Saturday include a flea market, working crafts, traders alley, antique engine display, entertainment, sorghum and apple making demonstrations, corn meal grinding, and an arts and crafts fair. Apple butter, sorghum, and corn meal will be sold on the grounds during the festival.

Also the largest pumpkin contest will be held that day. Participants are to enter their prized pumpkins on Thursday, Oct. 1 between noon and 4 p.m.

The festival wraps up Sunday but not before a day full of food, fun, and fall festivities.

Breakfast will once again begin at 8 a.m. Leave plenty of room for lunch though, as the tantalizing smells of grilled pork and grilled chicken will fill the air around noontime.

Sunday’s schedule once again offers the antique engine display, apple butter making, sorghum making demonstration, apple cider making demonstration, wood splitting demonstration, antique car show/antique tractor show, turkey shoot at 1 p.m. (muzzleloader rifles only, no scopes), horseshoe pitching contest at 1 p.m., and the Ohio Valley Junior Beef Show at noon. Other festivities include flea market, working crafts display, arts and crafts fair, and corn meal grinding.