Celebrate Autumn in Style with 31 Years of Green Lake’s Harvest Fest

Harvest Fest
Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Green Lake has been home to one of the area’s premier harvest festival events for 30 years. Once known as Green Lake’s Golden Days Harvest Fest, now dubbed simply Harvest Fest, the two-day event is heading into its 31st year with activities the whole family can enjoy.

Harvest Fest will take place in downtown Green Lake on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29. Organized by the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce with assistance from volunteers and local organizations and businesses, Harvest Fest will once again be a bounty of fun.

The event features an art and craft fair spanning Playground Park, Deacon Mills Park, and Town Square’s lawn. Over 100 crafters will be showcasing and selling their wares to the over 10,000 people who attend the festival each year. Woodworking, crocheting, knitting, jewelry, candles, pottery, artwork, crafts, and so much more are sure to be found within the rows of vendors.

A farmer’s market also makes its home along Water Street, packed full of delicious produce, jarred foods, baked goods, mouthwatering organic meats, vibrant fall plants, pumpkins, and more. Head to Thrasher Opera House for the annual Harvest of Bargains, where they fill the entire opera house with a huge rummage sale! And at Playground Park, join in the fun of the children’s area with entertainment, a petting farm, and bouncy play equipment.

Photograph by Jean Cornelius

Live music is played in the square throughout both days, and delectable fall foods can be found whenever you turn around. Mill Street is closed to host a long line of restaurant or local-organization favorites to eat throughout the event. And be sure to visit the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce booth for a raffle and silent auction.

When 4:00 p.m. on Saturday rolls around, clear the street because the annual Harvest Fest parade is coming! It’s almost an hour long and features over 65 entries, including local high school bands, business and organization floats, the Harvest Fest prince and princess, a grand marshal, local veterans, law enforcement representatives, emergency service vehicles, entertainment, and everything else that makes a parade big and spectacular!

Sunday’s big event is the Jack Taylor Memorial Car Show and motorcycle show. The Green Lake County Fairgrounds and Hill Street are lined with antique and collectible vehicles and are quite the sight to be seen. While there are no awards per se, entries will be placed into a drawing that takes place later in the day.

Most of the action commences around 10:00 a.m. both days and runs until 5:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (920) 294-3231.

Alyssa Paulsen is a freelance writer.