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It’s harvest (festival) time in Springfield

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By Jesse Osbourne

 

The recent rains are slowly dropping the leaves off the trees and there’s a chill in the air.


It must be time for the Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival.
The festival begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and there’s a slew of new and revamped events this year.
At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, there will be a community pep rally and spirit parade featuring the Washington County High School football team and the Washington County High School Commander band.
The football team will pass through town via bus on its way to Fort Knox for that night’s game.
The band will be performing Friday instead of during the parade on Saturday because of a competition in Somerset.
At 5 p.m, the food vendors open. Arts and crafts vendors, the flea market and the inflatable area for children open at 6 p.m.
“This year I really do feel like we have good, quality crafters throughout the whole festival,” Mandy Sagrecy, executive director of the Springfield - Washington County Chamber of Commerce, said.
Local singer Mary Kutter will open for Edgewood at the main stage. The show will run from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.
“Edgewood played here a few years ago and have gotten really, really big since then,” Sagrecy said.
Saturday begins with a Harvest breakfast starting at 7 a.m. The meal will be prepared by Cedarwood Restaurant staff from Lebanon.
“This year we’re really excited about the breakfast,” Sagrecy said.
Patrons can choose from biscuits and gravy, sausage or bacon, eggs and home fries. Sausage and biscuit are also available for purchase.
The arts and crafts vendors, inflatable area and flea market will open Saturday at 8 a.m.
Registration for the American Heart Association 5K Run / Walk also begins at 8 a.m.
The race begins at 9 a.m.
The Washington County fair exhibits also open at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
At 10 a.m., food vendors will be open to the public.
New this year will be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the courts near the Springfield Police Department.
That begins at 10 a.m., as well.
Children’s activities also get started at 10 a.m. on the sidewalk in front of the judicial center.
At 10 a.m., there will be a Harvest pie-eating contest.
At 10:30 a.m., there will be a contest for best decorated wagon.
At 10:45 a.m., judges will determine the best dressed scarecrow.
At 11 a.m., there will be a frog jumping contest and 11:15 a.m., a dress-the-farmer contest.
There will be a bring-it-to-the-barn tractor race at 11:30 a.m. and a needle-in-the-haystack competition at noon.
At 12:30 p.m., contestants can try their hand in the toe corn-shucking contest.
The ever-popular Harvest parade begins at 1 p.m., followed by the revived baby contest at the main stage at 2 p.m.
Also at 2 p.m. will be a cornhole competition on Main Street.
Then, at 3 p.m., contestants will vie for the prince and princess of the Harvest Festival at the main stage.
Sagrecy said contestants can sign up for the prince and princess and baby contests the day of the event or get the registration forms from The Springfield Sun on Sept. 26, or online at kyharvestfestival.com.
Local wine producers will set up on the sidewalk by the judicial center at 4 p.m. for those looking to sample local goods.
There will be a children’s theatre performance on the courthouse lawn starting at 5 p.m.
At 8 p.m., Caught Red Handed will provide musical entertainment from the main stage.
“They’re really big in the Lexington area,” Sagrecy said. “We have people that have already said they’re bringing people from Lexington to come to the concert.”
On Sunday, festival-goers can again partake in a Harvest breakfast from Cedarwood restaurant at 8 a.m.
Antique and classic car show registration begins at 8 a.m. on Sunday and the arts and crafts vendors, flea market and inflatable area open, as well. Sagrecy said there will be a few extra prizes for the car show this year. Car show awards will be given out at 4 p.m.
The community worship service begins at 10 a.m. at the main stage. Food vendors open at 10 a.m., as well.
At noon, pickers and grinners can sign up for the bluegrass music competition at the main stage.
“There’s no entry fee for that,” Sagrecy said. “There’s five different categories and there’s cash prizes for first, second and third in each of those categories. That will run throughout Sunday.”
Prizes for the bluegrass contest are sponsored by the Springfield Tourism Commission and Springfield State Bank.
At 5 p.m. on Sunday, the Harvest Festival closes.