It was a glorious fall day for the annual Harvest Festival in downtown Yadkinville on Saturday. Organizers and festival-goers said it was the biggest event to date.
“This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival. Mother Nature smiled on us once again with beautiful weather. The citizens of Yadkin County came out in large numbers to celebrate and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this special day,” said John Willingham, president of the Yadkin Arts Council, which hosts the festival each year.
From fashion to funnel cakes, there was something for everyone at the festival. Vendor booths featured a great variety of hand-crafted items such as jewelry and home decor items as well as clothing. No fall festival is complete, of course, without lots of great food.
“We always come for the food,” said attendee Brenda Brown.
This year’s festival also featured some small carnival rides for kids that seemed to be a big hit. Kids at the festival also enjoyed participating in some unique craft projects at the event, including making miniature garden planters in empty two-liter bottles.
“It’s a recycling project and a gardening project,” said Pat Jacques with the Yadkin County Master Gardeners program.
Yadkin County United Fund found a unique way to share its mission at the festival by offering a free selfie station. Director Dottie Jackson said they had planned to just have an informational booth, but decided to do something a little bit more fun. The group had colorful backdrops and a variety of fun props so folks could take creative selfies on their cell phones.
Throughout the day several bands performed including Smitty and The Jumpstarters, The Phase and and Lion Tracks.
“It’s great to have another successful Harvest Festival behind us,” said Yadkin Arts Center Director Lindsay Craven. “We couldn’t have asked for better weather for our 40th year and we had such a wonderful and supportive crowd in attendance. We’re already looking towards 2017 and coming up with ways to continue to improve the festival experience while keeping that hometown feel.”
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