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Mackville Harvest Festival grows in 2014

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By John Overby

Last year, the Mackville Harvest Festival was put on for the first time in eight years. Because of the success of its revival in 2013, it will be back again this year and perhaps bigger than ever.

The festival has expanded to two days—Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13—this fall, with last year’s festivities only lasting one.

Festival committee member Donna Harmon hopes this extra day can bring in even more guests — especially out-of-towners — than it did last year.

“There will be a lot of family fun happening on both days,” Harmon said. “The best part about this festival is people come from all over for this festival. There will be a lot of people that used to live here and are coming back, so having that extra day should help with that even more.”

Friday’s events will start at 5 p.m. At this time, food and ice cream will be available for purchase as well as several vendor booths, but the main attraction will be a brand-new addition to the festival.

Zippyland is located in Greensburg, Ky., and has several entertainment aspects geared toward kids of all ages, including Euro bungee, Zippy Pets, a train and additional games.

According to their website, Zippy Pets “operate at two speeds so you can provide slower rides for smaller children or let the bigger kids “zip” around the area. They each have a built-in MP3 player and music customizable to the individual occasion. Each pet will operate for about eight hours on a single charge, so downtime is minimal and each ‘pet’ can operate with as much as 300 pounds riding it.”

At 6 p.m., there will be live music featuring the band Stillwater behind the Mackville Community Center.

On Saturday, the festival will reconvene at 7 a.m. with a $5 breakfast, served in the basement of the community center until 10 a.m., followed by a 5k run/walk/jog at 8 a.m.

Many favorites from last year’s event will be back this year, according to Harmon, including the silent auction (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), the parade (1 p.m.), clogging in front of the center (3-5 p.m.) and the cornhole tournament (3:30 p.m.).

Other attractions have been slightly changed based on suggestion from last year’s attendees. For one, the “Best Decorated Cake” contest has become the “Best Tasting Cake” contest this year.

There will also be several new events or events revived from the festival of years ago.

The 3-on-3 basketball tournament, which was a long-time favorite missing from last year’s event, has returned and will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. There will also be a Mackville trivia game behind the center from 10-10:30 a.m., among others.

The evening’s final event — a bean soup supper accompanied by live music — will start at 5 p.m.

“We did a survey after last year’s festival and ne of the things people wanted to see was more food vendors, and they wanted more things for teens and young adults and adults,” Harmon said. “Zippyland is for any and all ages, anywhere from 1 to 91. We’ve been getting a lot of good feedback, and I think we’ve addressed a lot of the things that people wanted more of. We’ve even added more to the parade than last year, which is very exciting.”

For more information about the festival, you can visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mackvilleharvesthomecoming or contact Donna Harmon at (859)262-5617 or Amanda Preston at (859)812-0091 or amandapreston@bluezoomwifi.com.