Friday night started with the judging of the Village Scarecrow Contest. There were many great entries! Four live scarecrows and lots of traditional scarecrows. (Pictures will be posted soon.) Then the rain started. A downpour soaked the Festival grounds but did not dampen our planning! By Saturday morning, we were greeted by sunny skies and no rain!!!!
The bandstand was filled with entertainment all weekend long starting with our favorites, Shepard Pi performing bright and early Saturday morning. The Harvesting Festival Pride Parade kicked off at 10:00 with 14 units participating. The CCS band marched to the park and performed at the bandstand for the crowd. Prizes were given for floats with the Hairy Women Wagon taking 3rd place, the Essential Club Free Library float taking 2nd place, and the Class of 2012 float taking the 1st place prize. Saturday afternoon brought over 20 talented singers to participate in Canaseraga Idol. The day was rounded out with the band Spair Tyme playing until 6 p.m. The hot air balloon was at the ready but the wind was blowing too hard and the flight had to be cancelled. At 6, the vendors closed down and the Festival shut down for the evening.
The Sunday morning Song Service brought a good crowd to start off a gorgeous day at the festival. The song service was led by the the musicians of the St. Mary's Church. Non denominational hymns were enjoyed by all in attendance.
The band Deja Vu entertained from 10-12 at the bandstand while the ball field filled with beautiful vehicles for the Car Show. A record 160 cars attended the Car Show. It was a beautiful day and lots of people showed up to admire the vehicles and enjoy the festival.
The Ossian Rednecks showed up at about noon to reclaim the "Brown Jug" Award that they lost the previous weekend when the Hairy Women of Klipnocky went to the Ossian Hey Days and won the Redneck Olympics. In the end, the Hairy Women kept the prize. Those rednecks will have to win it back fair and square at next year's Hey Days!
The Hairy Women of Klipnocky Beauty Contest was well attended. There were 5 competing teams in the Junior category. Lots of fun was had but in the end, the Klipnocky Marching Band took 1st place. There was a 2 woman competition for the Adult Beauties with Leola May Hatfield and Large Marge showing the crowd their best attributes. Leola May pulled off the win after she found herself a family of Amish men and settled down to open a baked goods stand. Large Marge took the 2nd place prize with her mesmerizing dance to "It's Raining Men".
Julie Swain and family sang and played guitar at the bandstand while the Car Show came to a close. Over 50 trophies were awarded to the Car Show Participants.
A record 63 vendors participated in the Festival this year. There were all kinds of items being sold: lighted glass wine bottles, hand crafted wooden bowls, tools, and lawn ornaments, T-shirts, pumpkins, apples, dog and pet supplies, beautiful products from many home party lines like Linen World, Mary Kay, Tupperware, Scentsy, Celebrating Home, and 31. There was a tonof delicious food; French fries, huge italian sausages, burgers, and hot dogs, ice cream, frozen cheesecake and bananas, the best pumpkin bread pudding ever, pumpkins rolls, and lots more! Plus lots of raffles, flea market items, baked goods, bounce house, BBQ's, pony rides and a petting zoo.
Overall, this was the most successful festival to date with a record amount of cars entering the car show (160) and also a record number of vendors, with 63 being the final total.
Each year the Festival Staff works hard to improve the quality and flow of the festival. Planning starts in January each year and monthly meetings are held until August when meeting are biweekly and when September comes, we meet weekly. This is a dedicated staff who works hard to bring this event to our community. Your ideas and suggestions are welcome. Feel free to contact any Festival Staff member and share your ideas.