‘Harvest Days’ a real hootenanny Activities draw crowd of all ages to Scott St.

Hundreds of people, young and old alike, made their way to Scott Street on Saturday for the local Business Improvement Association’s third “Downtown Harvest Days.”
“It was really well-attended. We got down quite a variety of people, which is what my intent was—to reach a whole different group,” BIA co-ordinator Patti Anderson said yesterday.
“And we saw it worked,” she added. “With the fiddler, we got down seniors and different people we were trying to reach. It was awesome.
“The weather was the key. It’s key to anything that happens downtown,” Anderson stressed. “If the sun’s shining, people are walking downtown. If it’s raining, they’re not coming.”
While technically a three-day event (some downtown merchants held sidewalk sales last Thursday and Friday), the fun really happened on Saturday, noted Anderson.
The 100 block of Scott Street was closed from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. that day and featured a mini-farmers’ market, with a variety of vendors.
Among the activities offered up were horse-and-buggy rides provided by Lorne Caul, pony rides for the kids by the Northern Therapeutic Riding Association (NORTRA), and a corn feed at Pharmasave at noon, with the proceeds going to this year’s Terry Fox Run.
There also was a square-dancing demonstration at 1 p.m. while fiddler Elmer Whitefish from Lac La Croix played at 2 p.m.
For the kids, there was face-painting and arts and crafts, run by Family and Children’s Services, while over at the Fort Frances Museum, there was apple-bobbing and corn husk doll-making.
Pinewood Sports had vehicles on display in Gagné Pharmacy’s parking lot while the Ministry of Natural Resources promoted its “Bear Wise” and fire prevention programs over at Robin’s Donuts.
Smokey the Bear even was on hand there.
Anderson noted the decision to hold most of the activities on one block was due to input from some of the BIA membership, who did not want the whole street closed off.
“It seemed to work,” she said, pointing out the 100 block consists mainly of parking lots and open areas, and is sometimes overlooked by the public.
Given the success of this year’s event, Anderson said it’s very likely there will be a another “Downtown Harvest Days” next September.
As for future BIA activities, Anderson said the annual “Scott Street Scare” will held next month, followed by the Santa Claus parade on Friday, Dec. 2.