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A Perfect Autumn Day For A Harvest Festival

By Staff | Oct 21, 2008

HARVEST FESTIVAL DREW THEM IN – This year’s Harvest Festival, sponsored by the Emmetsburg Retail Association, brought in around 250 people to the Emmetsburg VFW Hall on Saturday, Oct. 18. The Association will donate a portion of Saturday’s proceeds to Upper Des Moines Opportunity for winter heating assistance. A free-will donation meal, entertainment, contests, and drawings were held. More photos from the Harvest Festival can be found on Pages 8 and 9 of today’s “Reporter.” – Lori Hall photo

Saturday was one of those perfect fall days you dream about. The sun shone warmly in the bright blue sky. The trees gently released their red, gold, and orange leaves. And a friendly crowd gathered for some fall fun at Harvest Festival.

Harvest Festival, sponsored by the Emmetsburg Retail Association, was held Saturday, Oct. 18, at the VFW Hall in Emmetsburg. Entertainment was provided by Bob Sackett and Dennis Wienke.

According to Randy Joersz, Retail Association member, approximately 250 individuals turned out for the event. A free will offering was taken for the chili/hot dog/cinnamon roll meal. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Upper Des Moines Opportunity for their winter heating assistance program.

“We really took in a very good income from this year’s Harvest Festival,” said Laura Blanchet, one of the event organizers. “We’ll be meeting this week to vote how much we will donate to Upper Des Moines Opportunity.”

Blanchet noted that the name of the winner of the Harvest Festival gift package will be drawn and announced next week, in order to give shoppers a chance to register at participating Emmetsburg businesses. Harvest Festival specials are available at these businesses through Saturday, Oct. 25.

Several fun contests and events were held in conjunction with the Harvest Festival. The first-ever Salsa Contest saw 26 entries. Caterer Diana Parisi and Tim Fakler, nutritionist with Kerber Milling, served as contest judges. The pair sampled and rated each of the entries, choosing the top three salsas. First place went to Debra Zanfes, second place to John Walker, and third place to John Shirk. The top two winners received stained glass vegetable décor, and the third place winner was awarded a ceramic vegetable.

Throughout the event, names were drawn every 15 minutes for homemade pies, donated by Ardelle Conner. Attendees also had the chance to guess the weight of a giant pumpkin, and the number of acorns in a bottle. Two individuals guessed the pumpkin’s correct weight of 187 pounds. Those names were then re-drawn, and Burdell Naugle took the pumpkin home. Heidi Malm guessed the correct number of acorns to win a squirrel figurine.

Emmetsburg cartoonist Dave Carpenter was in attendance at the Harvest Festival, and donated two of his cartoons for a drawing. Winners were Kay Curran and Norma Kuhn.