Harvest Fest

Harvest Fest
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Wisconsin hospitality welcomes you to one of the best small-town festivals of the Midwest, Green Lake’s Harvest Fest. Sponsored by the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, crafters, chefs, musicians, artists, carvers, farmers, service organizations, residents, and many more harvest and share their best in this late-September festival. With parking and shuttle service around the perimeter of the city, the inner streets overflow with creativity, opening up to a slow-paced stroll inside and out. If you seek connection with kindhearted people and you want to be in the energy of fun and fiesta, Harvest Fest accommodates you.

Experience a Friday night musical kick-off and, on Saturday, a pancake breakfast at the American Legion. Shop for jewelry, art, home décor, clothing, used treasures, and outdoor adornments. Stock your pantries at the farmer’s market with delicious area-produced fruits, vegetables, and meats. Enjoy activities for all ages: music and dancing in the street; petting farms; games; face painting; Sinking the Bismarck; and, new this past year, Duck Races on the canal. There will be a huge parade filled with fun—marching bands; Jazz on a boat; tractors; big trucks; and representatives from small-town, as well as state, life. Taste organic produce, specialty restaurant entrées, favorite festival snacks, and savor the chicken BBQ and pork roast following the parade.

The Harvest of Bargains in Thrasher Opera House is a treasure seeker’s dream. Whether you seek a gently used musical instrument, need to furnish an apartment, enjoy antiques, want to acquire beautiful high-valued gifts at reasonable prices, wish you could find an item you remember having as a child, or just wonder if something you’ve been seeking for a long time is anywhere to be found, the harvest of bargains will not disappoint. Books? The Caestecker Public Library holds a huge sale.

Sunday boasts the Jack Taylor Memorial Car Show, one of the area’s largest. Come to town early and enjoy seeing the parade of cars making their way to display spots. Feed your soul with worship at Deacon Mills Park, followed by a huge variety of musical acts that will entertain the musical palates of all.

New for 2017, the Chamber includes classes on creating culinary delights using your harvested foods, as well as a chain-saw carver creating unique works of art on the spot.

Enjoy community at its best at Harvest Fest.

Karen Gygax Rodriguez is a freelance writer.