By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – Following a forced hiatus due to the coronavirus, the Harvest Festival is returning to Heritage Village.
The festival will take place on Oct. 15-16, and this will mark year number 32 for the region’s premiere folk-life festival. Ofeira Gazzaway, the director of Heritage Village, said the festival is still in need of demonstrators and volunteers.
Volunteers, Gazzaway said, are essential to the Village’s (and the Harvest Festival’s) success and longevity.
For those who wish to participate in the festival as a vendor or demonstrator, they are welcome to do so if their product(s) are appropriate to the time period of 1840-1920, which is the span of time that the Village covers.
During Harvest Festival, participants dress in period costumes, use tools of the period and demonstrate skills that settlers used during the time period.
The festival always includes demonstrators of artisan skill, such as the blacksmith demonstrations and jewelry-making, as well as dance and music, and food vendors.
There will also be a photography contest, which will be staged a bit differently than in the past. This year, participants are to take their photos at the festival itself, and the adjudication of the contest will take place after the festival is concluded.
This year’s festival will start with “Kids’ Day,” which will feature schools bringing children to the village from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be a short version of the Runaway Scrape for the children. On day one of the festival, the Village is open until 3 p.m.
On Saturday, day two, the fun will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 5 p.m. Attendees will be able to tour the Gray House, as well.
Admission to the event is $6 for adults, $3 for children aged 5-11 and free for those four and under.