BIA planning ‘Harvest Days’

The local Business Improvement Association wants shoppers to start thinking “autumn” next week in time for its third “Downtown Harvest Days.”
While the BIA is encouraging Scott Street businesses to hold sidewalk sales next Thursday and Friday (Sept. 15-16), there will be something for everyone in the family to do on Saturday (Sept. 17), BIA co-ordinator Patti Anderson noted yesterday.
The 100 block of Scott Street will be closed that day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
“We’ll have horse-and-buggy rides, like we did on our 100th [birthday celebration back in June],” said Anderson. “There will be pony rides for the kids. We’re going to have a square-dancing display.
“Pharmasave is going to have a corn feed, with the proceeds going to the Terry Fox Run.
“We’re also going to have refreshments available for free,” added Anderson. “We’re hoping to get a fiddle contest going, as well. We have a couple people already, but we’re hoping to get more.”
There also will be kids’ activities, such as face-painting. Meanwhile, the Fort Frances Museum will host apple-bobbing and “make-your-own-scarecrow” activities that day.
“There will be a mini-farmers’ market, as well,” said Anderson, pointing out vendors will be selling produce in a sort of cross-promotion with the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market.
Anderson also said she’s been looking for bales of hay or straw to give the event that “harvest” atmosphere, and wants to know if anyone out there can help her out.
“We just want to get people downtown for something different,” noted Anderson, explaining the drive behind the “Downtown Harvest Days” promotion.
Anyone with bales of hay, or wanting to enter the fiddle contest (there will be prizes), can contact Anderson at 274-7502. If she’s not there, leave a message.
The first BIA “Harvest Festival” was held in 2001, which was followed by a second one in 2003 (the event was cancelled in 2002 due to extensive reconstruction on Scott Street).