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Harvest Festival celebrates 35 years

October 10, 2018

The time to celebrate Needville Harvest Festival’s 35th anniversary is near, with the event set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20.

Established in 1983, the Harvest Fest kicked off with a bang as large crowds gathered in the downtown area for tons of food, fun, and family-friendly events.

After several years, continued growth necessitated a move to the 16-acre Harvest Park, located at 3001 Violet St., where nearly 5,000 now attend the annual event.

In order to make the festival a continual success, sponsors are always needed, as is community support.

President Chris Janicek said sponsors are listed on all event information and advertisement, and are spotlighted at a dinner in their honor the first night of the festival each year.

“We’re counting on our sponsors to help us make this year’s event our best one yet,” said Janicek. Contact Janicek at chris.janicek@yahoo.com or 281-468-9314 to become a sponsor.

Needville Harvest Festival Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 organization that raises funds for projects for Harvest Park, which is used by the entire community. All proceeds from the Harvest Festival are used for the development and maintenance of the park and for scholarships for graduating Needville High School seniors.

Among the most recent improvements to the park are a paved roadway that winds through the facility; restroom and building expansions, including a large, covered pavilion; a playground with benches; the addition of covered picnic tables and barbecue pits; and lights for the pathway and parking lot.

Plans for improvements include an additional playground area and equipment and another covered pavilion.

In order to make that happen, said Janicek, sponsors and attendance by the general public are vital.

“The Harvest Festival is two big days of fun and excitement for all,” said Janicek. “From the barbecue cook-off to family-friendly activities, the Harvest Fest has something for everyone.”

Opening day events this year include a barbecue cook-off and judging, and continues the following day with a fun run, more than 60 craft and food vendors, a talent show, Little Miss and Mr. contest, Texas Outdoors Displays, a kite exhibition, Queen’s Contest, a live auction, Bayou Boys shrimp supper and a Halloween Costume Contest.

The ever-popular Kidz Zone features everything from pony rides to David Gish’s Wonder Show, lawn mower races always provide plenty of excitement, and raffle prizes include a John Deere Gator and a Gravely lawnmower.

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