Beginning at 11 a.m, a biathlon will kick off the festival activities. This event will be for boys and girls of different ages. Those wishing to participate with both ride a bicycle and run around a designated course. Prizes will be awarded in the different age groups and divisions.
Are you ready for Halloween? The Harvest Festival has many holiday events planned for the one-day event. At noon, enter the costume contest for children 12 years of age and under. A pumpkin decorating and carving contest will also be held.
If you are in the mood for some delicious, free food, then be sure to stop by and enjoy hot dogs, popcorn and water that will be offered while supplies last. Pop will also be for sale with proceeds helping cover costs of the festival.
The Town of Mason is also providing a Chili Cook-Off this year, as well as an Apple Pie judging contest. Both of these will take begin at noon and are open to all ages.
Entrants interested in bringing chili for judging should bring their chili hot and ready to serve. Festival goers will have a chance to taste and vote on the chili of their choice. Two small cups of chili will be available for $1. The cook who receives the most votes by the end of the festival will be awarded a cash prize.
For the Apple Pie contest, pies will be judged on appearance, flavor and texture. Guidelines include that pies must be homemade with fresh apples and homemade crust.
Several other contests include the Cornhole Tournament at 1 p.m., which will award cash prizes, the Haybale Toss and Iron Skillet Sling at 1 p.m., Needle-in-the-Haystack Event at 1:30 p.m., Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest at 2 p.m, Cookie Stacking Contest at 2:30 p.m., and Sack Races at 3 p.m.
Another interesting contest is the Carry Your Partner Contest. This will begin at 4 p.m. For this contest, men will need to carry their wives or girlfriends along a designated course. The first to finish wins the women’s weight in cash money.
The Steve Hussey Band of Parkersburg will be sure to entertain the crowd this weekend. One of the band members is Dickie Thacker, owner of Hometown Insurance in Mason. The band is scheduled to perform from 3-5 p.m.
For the children’s entertainment, a bounce house and craft making will be available. Hours for the bounce house are from noon until 5 p.m. Crafts start at 3:30 p.m.
The Harvest Festival will end with a movie, “Piggy Bankers”. This Movie in the Park event is being hosted by Farmers Bank Relay For Life. It will start at 6:30 p.m. A concession will also be available during the showing and all sales will go toward the Relay for Life Organization.
The festival will take place at the Stewart-Johnson Veterans of Foreign Wars/Lottie Jenks Memorial Park.
For more information on this year’s Harvest Festival or if you wish to donate door prizes, contact the Mason City Building at 304-773-5200.