By: Joshua Sampson, Staff Writer
With Halloween just around the corner the Boyne City Chamber of Commerce and Main Street will host the annual Harvest Festival for area residents.
Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Baumann said the festival brings a lot of fun and excitement to Boyne City.
“The farmer’s market moves downtown for the day and we bring a lot of outside additional arts and crafts members,” he said. “This is a good time for the farmers even though there aren’t many additional visitors (this time of year) there is a lot of produce.”
Eight different musical performers will grace the corners of Lake and Water street to offer festival goers a musical atmosphere while they browse the Harvest Festival. The musicians are in two sets with the first set starting at 10 a.m. and continuing until 12 p.m. and the second set starting at 12 p.m. and continuing until 4 p.m. David Youngman, Harbor Hoe Down, Kelly Shively and Norm Hausler will be just a few of the musicians in the downtown area during the festival.
“There are also kids games like pumpkin painting and the library will be coming over to do some crafts, story telling and treats,” Baumann said. “There will be hay rides from ten until two.” Baumann said there will also be scarecrows on display in the downtown area. The scarecrows originate from a scarecrow competition unique to Boyne City.
“The competition typically brings forty to fifty scarecrows to downtown,” Baumann said.
The Harvest Festival, according to Baumann, is for families who enjoy festive events during fall. “It’s kind of like stroll the streets in the daytime,” he said. “There are a lot of kid’s activities, too, including pony rides, so it’s really great for families.” He added, “It’s also good for people looking at the arts and crafts for early Christmas gifts.”
The Harvest Festival is from 8 a.m. to 4. p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1.
For more information contact the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce at (231) 582-6222.