There’s nothing better than helping other people and having a good time while you do it.
That’s what you’ll experience at this year’s Harvest Festival in Wendell, where a lot of fundraising will take place as people take part in corn hole tournaments, watch a youth pageant or enjoy a drink at the festival.
Organizers have decided the use the long-running annual event to raise money for local food pantries, which so often rely solely on donations and community spirit.
The festival will have many of the same attractions that draw thousands each year, so for a traditionalist, there’s plenty of reason to return for this year’s event. The Band of Oz will headline Saturday night’s show and booths will be filled with information about everything from local civic clubs to health care. Others will have all sorts of trinkets and homemade crafts that will appeal to a variety of tastes. There will, of course, be food, a parade, games and rides, too.
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We are excited to see this small, but important, shift in the focus of the Harvest Festival. There will still be plenty of opportunities to learn about the culture and heritage of Wendell, but we are so pleased to see the organizers of this year’s event looking for a way to help others.
Sadly, there remains need for a social safety net in our communities. As government gets out of the business of helping those who need help, it becomes even more important that the people in our community step up to fill the void. That’s what this year’s festival will do. Your participation and attendance at the event promises to make that goal more attainable.
And, you’ll surely have more fun that a barrel of monkeys.
So mark your calendars now for Oct. 3-4. Visit the festival at the J. Ashley Wall Towne Square in downtown Wendell for all or part of this year’s event. Find out for yourself just how much fun it can be to help others.