Washburn recognizes farmers during Harvest Festival

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Tractor parade, child pageant, food, crafts at fall event

The city of Washburn has decided to host a Harvest Festival and Tractor Parade on Oct. 19, starting a 9 a.m., to honor and recognize the farmers in the community.

Cheryl Floyd, Washburn Chamber treasurer, said a couple of years ago, Washburn threw a hootenanny, and from there, they developed the event into a festival.

“We got a new chairman at the chamber and kind of decided on the festival and tractor parade,” she said. “Last year was the first time we did the festival, and I feel like it went over well.”

One of the things that the Washburn area chamber really wanted during the festival was to recognize the farmers in the area.

“We are a farming community,” she said. “There isn’t anything that is really out there to show them our appreciation, but the majority of farmers have tractors, and that is why we decided on the tractor parade. There isn’t any really in the area like that.”

Last year, there were 23 tractors in the parade.

“It is for the farmers all over our community not only for Washburn farmers,” she said. “There will be four different categories with trophies.”

During the Harvest Festival and Tractor Parade, people will be able to enjoy food, live music and a number of different vendors and booths.

“We have the Mr. and Miss Sunshine pageant for 4- to 6-year-olds,” she said. “There will be craft items for sale, and it is so neat to see what people come up with.”

There will be some old fashioned games for people to enjoy, and there will be a raffle.

“We will be selling tickets for a compound crossbow raffle that will be raffled off after the Christmas parade in December,” she said.

As of now, there are still many spots available for tractor entries and booths.

“It seems like the week leading up to the event is when people tend to sign up,” she said. “So, I am expecting to have more than enough booths for people to enjoy during the event.”

To enter into the tractor parade, the cost is $5, and for a 10-by-10 booth it will cost $10.

“Last year, we had about 300 people come through and see the festival,” she said. “We really want people to come out with their families and have a good time.”

The festival will be held on Main Street, right across from City Hall. For more information or to register for the tractor parade, children’s pageant or a booth, people may contact Floyd at 417-671-2819.

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