‘Harvest Festival’ coming up Saturday

After having to cancel it last year, the local Business Improvement Association has planned a day full of activities, especially kids, for its “Harvest Festival” tomorrow (Sept. 27).
“Things are looking up,” said BIA co-ordinator Harlene Lowey, who noted all the arrangements have been made for the event, which will see the 200 and 300 blocks of Scott Street closed off from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. that day.
Lowey noted the line-up of activities and sights includes Northern Therapeutic Riding Association pony rides (1-4 p.m.), an inflatable bouncer and a small train to ride, antique cars, a petting zoo, and a corn roast from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Pharmasave.
The Fort Frances Museum also will be doing apple-bobbing, serving up apple cider, and providing arts and crafts for children.
The public also is encouraged to come out and see the scarecrows that some businesses will have on display as part of a BIA contest.
And harvest sounds will be in the air as several musicians have been lined up to perform on the street that day. Lowey noted any other “buskers” are welcome to take part.
The BIA also will be holding the annual Alzheimer’s Society “Coffee Break” on Saturday in front of the Rainy Lake Hotel. Everyone is welcome to come by for a cup of Joe and a snack.
Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society are encouraged.
While the “coffee break” event was held by other local businesses last Friday, Lowey noted it might see more pedestrian traffic if done during the “Harvest Festival.”
“We’re hoping for a great day,” remarked BIA chairperson Russ Ling. “We’re expecting great weather. I know there should be some great sales—the businesses want to participate.
“The Times’ chili cook-off is the day before [Friday, Sept. 26], we’re doing this the next day. People should know that downtown is the place to be,” Ling added.
A rain date hasn’t been set as organizers are keeping their fingers crossed that Mother Nature will co-operate.
Any local merchants or service clubs wanting to get involved with the BIA’s “Harvest Festival” can call Lowey at 274-7502.
The inaugural event two years ago included sidewalk sales, decorated scarecrows in store windows, a corn roast to raise funds for the local Chamber of Commerce’s beautification committee, kids’ activities at the museum, and pony rides.
There also were square dancers and performances by Fort Dance Studio, as well as a haystack dig for prizes and a buffet at the Rainy Lake Hotel.
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)