One of the best small-town parties in Wisconsin is about to go all out as Green Lake’s Harvest Fest, sponsored by the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, turns 30! On September 29 and 30, you can enjoy two days of family-friendly activities, feasting, and neighborly fun for all ages.
Find treats and treasures as true Midwestern hospitality is revealed once again in a fantastic birthday bash celebrated with a giant cake. Crafters, musicians, artists, farmers, service organizations, and residents gather to celebrate the season. With ample parking and a convenient shuttle service, you can explore the amazing creativity burgeoning downtown and throughout the city.
Annual favorites punctuate the event with Friday night’s musical fanfare and Saturday’s pancake breakfast at the American Legion. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy festive music in the streets; a petting farm; face painting; an energetic parade of marching bands, trucks, and tractors; and greet town and state representatives.
Browse the craft fair for handcrafted jewelry, gorgeous home décor, handmade clothing, and gently used treasures. Don’t miss Taste of Green Lake and the farmer’s market, each known for their delectable delights, fresh vegetables, fruits, and meats. Taste organic produce, unique restaurant entrées, favorite festival treats, and gobble up the chicken BBQ and pork roast following the parade.
If browsing through used books is your cup of tea, visit the Caestecker Public Library’s huge annual sale. It boasts hundreds of volumes of all genres to tempt your book-loving heart.
If you love thrifting, make sure to add The Harvest of Bargains at Thrasher Opera House to your list. The hunt is on, whether you are looking for antiques, art, furniture pieces, or a beautiful one-of-a-kind gift. Discover hidden gems at reasonable prices that will bring you back year after year.
On Sunday, the Jack Taylor Memorial Car Show, one of the area’s largest car shows, caps off the festival. Come to town early to enjoy the parade of cars making their way to display spots. There will also be bands offering ragtime, swing, and country music at Deacon Mills Park. You’ll not only find deals and meals, but also make sweet memories that will last long after the event ends.
Kris Wood is a freelance writer, retreat facilitator, and a grateful grandma to four darlings. MsKrisWood@gmail.com .