Harvest Festival ushers fall into the valley

Come see Coy Thrasher, Jr.‘s  1967 Ford Mustang, always a favorite with the crowd.

The changing of the seasons will be especially welcomed this year, it’s been one of the hottest summers in recent memory, or at least it sure seems like it. The air is sometimes so hot that it seems too painful to breathe, rain has been scarce, and lawns and late gardens are drying up faster than a garden hose can keep up with it. 

All of the signs of fall will come soon, offering a much needed bit of relief to those who have confined themselves to air conditioned rooms and offices, giving them a chance to walk around and enjoy the more comfortable temperatures and the fall colors, plus the opportunity to visit the fall festivals, county fairs, and community events that fill the calendar each fall.

This year is full of great family oriented things to see and do. One of the many events that you will want to make time for is the Lawrence County History and Preservation Society’s Harvest Festival. (LCHPS) Scheduled for September 28, it is the club’s second event, intended to bring awareness to the public of the importance of preserving our heritage for future generations to learn about and enjoy. 

This year the festival has attracted lots of vendors offering a wide selection of gifts and interesting handmade items, as well as great food, good music and lots of smiling faces to greet you and help you make your selections.

There is something for visitors of all ages, from a Bouncy House for the young and agile, to places to sit in the shade and visit and people-watch for those less energetic and more musically inclined. 

The members of LCHPS have been busily gathering the best vendors and entertainment that can be found in the area to help make your day a little brighter. Among the talented musicians to take the stage on the courthouse square are, the Tosha Hill Band, whose Southern sound you might recall from last year’s festival. The response to this group was overwhelming, so they were asked to return. Other entertainers include Joyful Noise, Mike Owens, Koyote Creek, and the Ricketts Family and Friends. 

LouAllen Farms will offer the fall’s freshest bounty for your family gathering, as well as freshly ground cornmeal that people are raving about. 

If the smell of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs at the American Legion booth doesn’t lure you toward the food vendors’ area you might be interested in visiting the Chick-Fil-A booth manned by students and teachers from Lawrence County Christian School, or the Cattlemen’s Association Steak Sandwich booth. There is something tasty on every corner! 

With new vendors signing up every day there promises to be a great variety of crafts and gifts to choose from. The cost of a booth is $40, and registration continues until the day of the event. If you would like a booth, please contact the Lawrence County Archives. 

The biggest and one of the most popular events at this year’s Harvest Festival is the car show, which includes slots for up to two hundred cars! If you would like to enter yours please register between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on the day of the event. Registration is $15. Prizes will be given away throughout the day to those registered, so keep your tickets. You must be present to win. Trophies for Mayor’s Choice, LCHPS Choice and People’s Choice will be awarded to three owners. There is also a grand prize of $100 with the Mayor’s Choice. There will also be a 50/50 pot. 

This is one of the largest car shows in the area, so car buffs should make plans to attend, as well as those who just like to stroll along with the crowd and admire the hard work of the owners. 

Other activities for young and old include a pumpkin patch, and a corn maze designed by Buttram Farms, and located across from The Gift Room on the old CCC Camp (Civilian Conservation Corps) property. Admission of $2 is required. 

A pumpkin painting contest is open to all ages. Come show off your talents and have your pumpkin ready for Halloween when you finish! 

One of the funniest events of the day is the Pie Eating Contest. Serious pie eaters and novices are welcomed to try their best to out-eat one another for prizes and bragging rights. This contest is open to those ages 12 and above. 

Other fun activities and events are in the works, so come and enjoy the first days of fall with about a thousand of your very best friends and neighbors, and help to promote our county’s rich and colorful history. 

This year all proceeds from the event benefit the work being done by the LCHPS for a clean-up and restoration project at the Joe Wheeler Crossing Recreational Area, better known locally as ‘Lock A’, and more cemetery clean-up projects. The group has been awarded volunteer status by TVA for the Lock A project, they are also a 501C3 organization, and welcome your donations. 

 Last year’s Harvest Festival proceeds went toward preserving and bringing awareness to the public of the vast store of history we have in Lawrence County, and the importance of working to make sure that it isn’t lost for future generations. Sometimes history is forgotten or destroyed in the name of progress, and when it’s gone, it’s gone. So always keep in mind that when you visit other places and make a point of seeing historic places, we have places that bring other people to visit our county and we need to have them in good shape. 

LCHPS was instrumental in helping to organize and have banners placed around Moulton last year. They are again displayed in anticipation of Veteran’s Day. These banners are a sign to all visitors that this community honors our military men and woman who have served in wars to protect our freedoms. 

 LCHPS members have been busy this year helping to clean two area cemeteries, and the Archives offices. It takes a lot of volunteers and many man hours to accomplish these physical tasks, and the group wants to take this opportunity to thank those who donated their time and energy to these efforts. If you would like to volunteer for any position, from raking leaves and clearing cemeteries to answering phones and helping to man booths, please feel free to contact the LC Archives and add your name to the list. It’s a great way to give back to our community. 

The festival is another community outreach that provides both local people and visitors with a family oriented place to spend time with people you know, and friends you haven’t met yet. These festivals are a way of reviving community spirit, of raising funds to make our county a better place to raise children, a place rich in history, talent and scenery that is at our very fingertips. Come out and help to keep the Lawrence County spirit and history alive! 

See you on the square! 

LCHPS meets on the first Monday of each month at 9:00 a.m. Through December the meetings will be held at the Hot Spot, across from Freeman Tabernacle Church. They welcome visitors and new members, membership fee is $20. To learn more, please visit lchps18.wixsite.com/mysite

You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.

 For more information or to rent a booth, contact the Lawrence County Archives, 698 Main St., Moulton, Alabama 35650 (256) 974-1757, and be sure to visit them on Facebook! Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

For more information on the Car Show, please contact Danny Roden, 256-566-6485, Coy Thrasher, Jr. 256-565-8692, or Marvin Jackson, 256-522-3398.

Vendors:

1. Decatur Cricket wireless 

2. Lotus Blossom Boutiques 

3. Swat Team Reptiles 

4. Keisha McDonald

5. Heather Chalk Couture 

6. Handmade Kreations 

7. Morgan Jones MarMac Real Estate

8. American Legion Post 25 -  (hamburgers and hotdogs) food vendor 

9. Full Gospel Church, Sandra Givens - Stainless Steel knives

10. Lawrence County Republican Party

11. Apex Real Estate

12. Class of Silver Jewelry 

13. A Touch of Kenya

14. Name on Rice Jewelry 

15. 4-H Robotics Team

16. Lawrence County Christian School- (Chick-Fil-A sandwiches) food vendor 

16. LouAllen Farms

17. Cattlemen Association Steak Sandwiches (food vendor)

19. Shelby’s Creations

20. Ben Jones State Farm

 

Entertainment Schedule; 

9:00 – 10:00 Joyful Noise

10:00-10:20 Mike Owens

11:00 – 1:30 Tosha Hill

2:00-3:00 Koyote Creek

4:30 The Ricketts Family and Friends 

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