When the Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival takes place this Saturday, it will mark the first time that the event will be held on only one day.
The festival, sponsored by the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, used to be a three-day extravaganza, but according to chamber president John Weis, the shorter time frame will better serve the event.
“It will have everything that it used to have,” Weis said. “It’s one free day, absolutely packed with things to do.”
The festivities will start off with a harvest breakfast at 7 a.m. At 9 a.m., guests will have the opportunity to take part in a 5k run/walk.
Then, the baby contest (10 a.m.) and the prince and princess contest (11:15 a.m.) will lead up to the main event, the harvest parade (1 p.m.).
A multitude of children’s activities will follow the parade at 2 p.m., ranging from a best-decorated wagon competition to a toe corn-shucking contest.
Live performances from Mary Kutter, a Washington County High School graduate, at 5:30 p.m. and Mandy Reichert, a Richmond native, at 6 p.m. will take the evening up to its conclusion, John Graves’ Mixer in the Louisville Store Building (8 p.m.-12 a.m.).
For Weis, the biggest advantage for the jam-packed day will be the attendance, as it used to be “a little too hectic to try to keep people coming back each day.”
“It’s really about giving everybody a fun one day rather than an OK time for three days,” Weis said.
But more than anything, the day will be about providing “good food, good entertainment, good fun” for everyone.
“It’s going to be a fun-filled day with a lot going on,” Weis said. “I’m excited to see the changes, and I think it will be a good day for anyone who comes out.”