Fall fun with Boyne’s Harvest Festival Oct. 4

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Megan Wilson

Contributing Writer
Boyne City will be celebrating its 21st Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a combination of food, music, and family fun.
“There will be some local crafters that are set up downtown on the streets,” said Karen Guzniczak.  “The Farmer’s Market is also moving downtown for the day as well.”
Last year there were 20 vendors that were set up. The Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., with some vendors staying until 4 p.m.
“This year there will be around 30 crafters,” said Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Baumann.  “One of the big things about the Harvest Festival is that the Farmer’s Market moves downtown for the day, and people who don’t normally go to it get exposed to it.”
Another activity taking place during the festival will be the ever-popular children’s games, which are taking place at the 200 block of Water St.
“We’re going to be doing pumpkin painting—everyone will be able to get a free pumpkin and paint it while they’re there,” said Boyne District Library Assistant Director Monica Kroondyk. “We’ll also be doing a game called the pumpkin shuffle, which is a race to see who can roll their pumpkin the fastest.”
The Empty Bowls Luncheon will be taking place at the Boyne District Library from noon to 1:30 p.m.
“Local vendors from the Farmer’s Market will be making the food,” said Meg McClorey. “Chef Paul Ramey will be making soup, and The Rustic Baker will be making rolls.”
A donation of $20 is suggested, and allows the patron to choose their own bowl, and eat a delicious meal prepared by local culinary artists, the bowl can then be taken home.
“The funds raised are given to the Manna Food Project and split between The Boyne Area Food Pantries,” said McClorey.
Another event that will be taking place is the scarecrow competition, which pits scarecrows all around downtown to be judged on Oct. 3rd.
“We typically have around 30 scarecrows each year,” said Baumann. “The idea is that they are put up in time for the Harvest Festival and will stay up in time for Halloween.”
Scarecrows can be submitted by organizations, businesses, or individuals. There is no charge to register a scarecrow.
“We will be having music downtown from noon to 4 p.m. on the 100 block of Water St.,” said Guzniczak. “There will be four different groups performing.”
Get more information at www.boyneharvestfestival.com.

The Great Pumpkin Run!
A family/Pet friendly fun walk/run, Supporting the Mission of the Charlevoix Area Humane Society.
Oct. 4th Great Pumpkin Run helps homeless animals
Bring your dogs and comfortable shoes to the Great Pumpkin Run 5K held in Boyne City in conjunction with the Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 4. Friendly, on-leash dogs (costumes  encouraged) are invited to this family walk/run event to support the Charlevoix Area Humane Society. The Great Pumpkin Run helps homeless animals wishing for families. Day-of-race registration starts at 7 a.m. in Sunset Park, behind the Boyne Area Chamber office. The race starts at 8 a.m. on Front Street and goes along the lake shore toward Advance and returns on the same route. Shirts are available for the first 150 runners who register. Pre-registration is $20, day-of-race registration is $25, children’s registration is $10. For further information, email Jamie Baumann at runfortheirlives@charter.net or call (231) 675-8792.

MUSIC – 12 noon to 2 p.m.
45 North
MUSIC – 2 to 4 p.m.
Full Circle
Straight Forward Bluegrass Band
Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 12 noon, and many will stay until 4 p.m.
Charlevoix Area Humane Society’s 5k walk/run with your dog. Register at 7 a.m., run at 8. Registration form.
Empty Bowls Luncheon at Boyne District Library
Arts and crafts vendors plus folk art demonstrations
Scarecrow displays (make one yourself!)
Hay Rides – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $1 per person
Kids’ games and pumpkin painting, 200 block of Water Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., organized by the Boyne District Library.
Oktoberfest German food, music and beverages at Cafe Sante, One Water Street.
Wine Emporium and Boyne Country Provisions beer tasting 1 to 4 p.m. and wine/cheese tasting 4 to 7 p.m., 127 Water St.
Michigan Mountain Mayhem Gravel Grinder road race at Rotary Park.
Freshwater Art Gallery kicks off its concert season at 8 p.m. Saturday with a performance by singer-songwriter Steve Poltz. Poltz hails from San Diego and co-wrote with his former girlfriend Jewel the 1997 mega-hit “You Were Meant For Me.”
Freshwater is located at 217 S. Lake St., Boyne City, phone (231) 582-2588.