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Mackville festival returns Saturday

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John Overby
Sun Staff Writer

The Mackville Harvest Festival will be taking place this Saturday, which will be the first time in eight years that the event has been held.

Donna Harmon and Linda Riney made the festival’s new beginning possible when, according to Harmon, the two decided that it was time to “get it started back up.”

“They stopped having the festival because the people who were in charge were getting in bad health and just couldn’t put it on anymore,” Harmon said. “We started having meetings in January about getting this together, and the whole community’s really been involved and have been helping to make this happen.”

The festival will start off at 8 a.m. with a 5k run/walk and a pancake and sausage breakfast sponsored by the Mackville Masonic Lodge, which will last until 10 a.m.
Activities for the children will begin at 9 a.m. with story time and will continue with “Kiddy Land,” which will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

A parade at 1 p.m. will serve as the climax of the evening, and a bean soup supper, accompanied by live music, at 6 p.m. will be its conclusion.

Harmon also noted that there will be several attractions that haven’t been seen before at the festival.

Veterans’ Voices, a group out of Louisville, will have one of the 30-40 booths set up. They will be looking to answer any questions that any veteran may have or, at the very least, point them in the right direction.

To add to the children’s entertainment, fish and wildlife officer Bradley McCoy will be bringing in pelts to teach the children about the different types of animal furs.

And Smokey Bear, the well-known wildlife prevention mascot for the United States Forest Service, will also be making an appearance.

For Harmon, though, the best aspect about the festival is the “homecoming atmosphere.”

“That was always the best part of (the festival),” Harmon said. “People come from all over, people that have moved away and are coming back. It really gives you the chance to see people that moved away, ones you haven’t seen in forever.”

Other planned events include a baby show, pet show, silent auction, beauty pageant, cornhole tournament and archery contest.

For full details about the Mackville Harvest Festival, see the infographic at left.