PHOTOS: Harvesting a good time

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By Brandon Mattingly

The Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival took over downtown Springfield on Saturday, and it offered something for everyone from start (7 a.m.) to finish (midnight).


This year’s event, which was condensed into one day, kicked off with the Harvest breakfast, with arts and crafts vendors opening their booths and Zumba with Katie Essex getting underway shortly after.

The Hearth Healthy Harvest Festival 5k Run/Walk started at 9 a.m., with David Thompson (21:02) posting the top overall time and Elaine Downs (25:41) being the first female to cross the finish line.

Ninety-seven participants finished the race at an average time of 34:30. For full results, check www.onlineraceresults.com.

Top finishers (male)
David Thompson (21:02)
Bobby Joe Mattingly (21:20)
Tommy Jewell (21:54)
Jacob Howard (22:04)
Jeremy Gootee (22:16)

Top finishers (female)
Elaine Downs (25:41)
Amanda Mattingly (25:49)
Sarah Martin (27:03)
Jessie Weis (27:52)
Rebecca Mattingly (28:35)

The Harvest Festival baby and princess contests were held at 10 a.m., with youngsters in five age groups participating. Aubrey Nicole Downs and Lane Mattingly took first place in the 0-to-6-month category, while Lydia Wilson and Brantley Swallows were the winners in the 7-to-12-month age group.

Cadence Riley and Camden Hiter took the crown in the one-year-old division, while McKenzie Bottoms and David Rasnik were the two-year-old first-place finishers.

Allie Wilson (first), Caroline Smith (second) and Aubrey Hammes (third) were the top finishers in the princess competition (ages 3-4).

The Harvest parade was the next big event on Saturday’s schedule and was followed by a car show featuring automobiles from all over the state and some that came even further for the trip.

There were plenty of kids’ activities throughout the afternoon to keep the youngsters busy as well. The Harvest pie contest, where competitors raced to find the candy corn—no hands allowed—at the bottom of a whipped cream-filled pie pan, started the events off. A frog-jumping contest (won by Isaiah and Anna Kate Mattingly and their frog, “Champ”), dress the farmer and the Bring it to the Barn tractor races were also among the activities kids were able to compete in on Saturday.

The day wound down with a live performance from Washington County’s own Mary Kutter, as well as singer/songwriter Mandy Reichert, before being capped by the John Graves Mixer in the Louisville Store building.

Jim Beam BBQ Classic
The annual barbecue competition coincided with the Harvest Festival once again this year, as master cookers traveled from various parts of Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia and elsewhere to compete for cash and other prizes.

The Springfield Police Department, as well as Operation BBQ Relief (funds areas affected by natural disasters) received $1,000 donations from Jim Beam for the support they’ve offered the event.

Five teams were recognized for having taken part in all five years of the event: Pappy-Q, Divine Swine, Monty Python and the Holy Grill, Pic-Pac and Moonswiners.

Moonswiners, who have won the competition on two occasions in the past, were also inducted into the Jim Beam BBQ Hall of Fame during Saturday’s award ceremony.

Best looking smoker - Smoke on This
Best chili - Warren County Pork Choppers
Best apple pie - Stink Eye BBQ
Best dessert - Cuein’, Stewin’ and Brewin’
Taster’s Choice award - Uncultured Swine
Best team name - All Out Pig Out
Smokin’ in the Holler (least smoke) - Lou-B-Q
Jim Beam Spirit award - Fattened Calf BBQ
Best chicken - Big JT’s Smokin’ BBQ
Best ribs - Moonswiners
Best pork - Eat more Butt
Best brisket - Cuein’, Stewin’ and Brewin’

Grand Champion - Team Enoserv
Reserve Grand Champion - South Pork
Overall winner - Warren County Pork Choppers
Second place - Eat More Butt
Third place - Bluegrass BBQ