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Middle Island Celebrates Fall With Harvest Festival

By Staff | Oct 9, 2019

Pumpkins were on display and for sale during the Harvest Festival.

The 2019 Middle Island Harvest Fest is officially history as the annual festival came to a close on Sunday afternoon. The beautiful Fall temperatures that moved into the area Friday and Saturday were possible contributors to the large crowds that gathered to enjoy the celebration.

Friday morning and afternoon were full of laughing children as students from Boreman Elementary and Sistersville Elementary took a break from the usual classroom activities to attend the event. Many students were thrilled to see the art projects they created were on display for the duration of the festival.

Students also enjoyed observing the process of making apple butter and molasses on Friday, and molasses suckers were handed out to the students for their own mouth-watering enjoyment.

Danny Westfall brought the famous Bubble Wagon to the event. There was also an inflatable, games, and a hayride that the students were able to participate in.

Attendance for the entirety of the festival was spectacular, with large crowds flocking to daily attractions such as demonstrations of sorghum and apple butter making, corn meal grinding, hay rides, and big pumpkins. Also drawing in individuals were the antique engines on display and the extensive vendor market.

Pictured are two giant pumpkins featured at the Harvest Festival. Left is Bob Christen’s pumpkin weighing at 951 pounds, and right is Keith Frum’s pumpkin weighing at 424 pounds.

While the 36th annual Harvest Festival has officially packed up, it has left attendees with a renewed, Fall spirit that will last them through the season.

Students waited in line to ride the hay wagon around the festival.