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SoVaNow.com / September 30, 2013The 22nd annual Harvest Festival on Saturday drew a sizeable crowd downtown for a day of music, games, food and a touch of politicking.
A throng estimated around 10,000 enjoyed the day-long festival, which transpired under partly cloudy and cool skies.
“Everything went well all day, we had an extra large crowd, and we were very pleased with the success of the event,” said festival organizer Sara Davis. “It was a steady crowd all day.”
Musicians, balloon sculptors, craftsmen and food vendors lined both sides of Main Street as crowds meandered through downtown. Bands played at Constitution Square, the Tinkers Car Club staged a vintage auto cruise-in at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, and at the foot of the hill, the Cinnamon Bun truck did a booming business.
“It was a picture perfect day, everyone enjoyed Barney of Mayberry, there was a big variety of food, the vendors said they were looking forward to coming back next year, and the visitors enjoyed both stages of non-stop entertainment,” Davis said.
Candidates for Commonwealth’s Attorney, Michael Freshour and Tracey Quakenbush Martin, greeted voters, while vendors showed off products ranging from weight loss and wellness plans to custom-made sashes and scarves.
Kids were everywhere: cavorting in bouncy houses, trying their hand at pumpkin painting. Tethered pony rides also were a big hit.
Food choices were varied and abundant: barbeque, funnel cakes, candy apples, turkey legs, and ribbon fries were just some of the temptations available to festival goers. All told, some 80 vendors turned out for the Harvest Festival.
“For our 22nd anniversary, it was one of our best days,” said Davis.
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