MASON — As Mason County citizens get into the spirit of the fall season, an opportunity to celebrate and just have some fun are coming up in Mason.
Beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, the Town of Mason will be holding its Eighth Annual Harvest Festival at the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926/Lottie Jenks Memorial Park, near the Mason levee.
The Harvest Festival will include activities for all ages and will include a car show presented by the Road Angels, a foot/bike race, a Euro Bungee jump, several food vendors, as well as performances from the Wahama Alumni band and the South of the River Band.
The first event on the schedule at 11 a.m. is the foot/bike race. Reportedly, the race includes a designated path that contestants must first run on foot and then complete again on a bicycle. Children through the age of 12 years old are able to compete in this race, and it was stated they must have bicycle helmets to participate and awards will be given in various age categories.
Next on the agenda at noon will be the “C&C Safari on the Go,” the Euro Bungee Jump, and a performance from the Wahama Alumni Band. It was reported that “C&C Safari on the Go” will be a petting zoo that will include animals ranging from domestic to exotic, including a camel. The Euro Bungee Jump allows both children and adults to bounce on an inflatable trampoline while being strapped into a bungee harness which will raise them into the air.
Taking place at 1 p.m. and lasting until 3 p.m. will be a car show with an entry fee of $10. Awards will be given out at three and will be presented for the following categories: Top 20, Best General Motors, Best Ford, Best Chrysler Product, Best Motorcycle, Best Motorized Bicycle, Longest Distance, Mayor’s Choice, and Best of Show.
Also at 1 p.m., there will be a hay bale tossing contest for adult men, followed by a skillet slinging contest for adult women at 1:30 p.m. There will also be several children’s games available including a cookie stacking contest, bubble blowing contest, an airplane flying contest and sack races.
At 4 p.m. there will be a performance from the “South of the River Band.” It was stated this band was very popular at last year’s festival, so they were invited back for a second time.
Registration for the car show and the foot/bike race will begin at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., respectively. Those attending the festival will also be able to play corn hole throughout the day.
Food vendors attending the festival will also include the following: Wahama Band Boosters, who will be having a chicken barbecue; the Wahama Junior Class, offering baked goods and hot dogs; Johnny’s Dog Box Deep Fried Wagon, Polar Ice, and other vendors.
It was reported that with the exception of the food vendors, the events at the Harvest Festival are free to the public.