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Windsor Harvest Festival begins Saturday for three-day celebration

Casey Kelly
ckelly@mywindsornow.com

The Windsor Harvest Festival kicks off Saturday and will feature a balloon festival, barbecue, concerts, fireworks and about 200 food and craft booths during the three-day event.

The event, now in its 93rd year, began as a celebration of the first paved road into Windsor.

"People could get into the town, so they threw a party," said event chairman Casey Johnson, who has been involved in organizing the event for the past 18 years. "It's kept its tradition all this time."

The festival begins Saturday with a hot-air balloon launch at 7 a.m. from Eastman Park, 7025 Eastman Park Dr. At 4 p.m. the Town Barbecue will be held in Boardwalk Park, 100 N. 5th St. The cost is $5 per person and the proceeds will benefit Windsor After Prom. Following the barbecue, the Steve Manshel Band will play the Harvest Festival Street Dance in the park. Saturday night ends with a fireworks display beginning at dusk over Windsor Lake.

On Sunday and Monday, the activities will move to Main Park, 300 Locust St., where there will be arts and crafts, commercial and food booths, and rides and games for kids.

The Labor Day Parade will march down Walnut Street beginning at 9 a.m. Monday.

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"It is so popular that people will go out the night before and reserve their spots," Johnson said.

This year's theme is "Harvesting Windsor's dreams: past, present, future." This year's grand marshals for the event will be Mike and Susan Carey.

"The idea behind that is that we want residents, local businesses, anyone in the Windsor area to see that the Harvest Festival is a collaboration of things that made Windsor come alive in the past and things that are currently helping Windsor become what it will be in the future," Johnson said.

He said in the past, the event has drawn between 30,000 and 40,000 people throughout the three-day celebration.

"We're hoping for a similar turnout this year," he said. "There's always something new every year, so if you haven't been here for a couple years you'll see a lot of new things. It's a very family-friendly event. You might think there will be a lot of crowds, but Main Park doesn't get that crowded, even though we may have a lot of people there."

The event schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Aug. 30

7 a.m.: Hot air balloon launch at Eastman Park (Weather Permitting).

8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Mud volleyball at Diamond Valley Sports Complex, 801 Diamond Valley Dr.

9 a.m.- noon: Home and garden show entries received at Tozer Primary School, 501 Oak St.

2 p.m.: Bulls on the Beach/Kids on the Beach Rodeo.

4-6:30 p.m.: Windsor Town Barbecue with proceeds going to benefit Windsor After Prom. Concessions provided by Windsor SALT (Student Advisory Leadership Team). Boardwalk Park, 100 N. 5th St. Cost is $5 per person.

6:30-9:30 p.m. Windsor Harvest Festival Street Dance featuring Steve Manshel Band at Boardwalk Park.

6-9:30 p.m.: Beer garden and concessions hosted by Windsor Rotary Club, concessions by Windsor SALT.

Dusk: Windsor Harvest Festival Grand Marshall presentation ceremony at Boardwalk Park.

Dusk: Fireworks show over Windsor Lake, 100 N. 5th St.

Sunday, Aug. 31

7 a.m.: Hot-air balloon launch in Eastman Park (Weather Permitting).

7-11 a.m.: Lions Club Pancake Breakfast in the Windsor Middle School cafeteria.

9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Arts and crafts, commercial and food booths, kid’s amusement rides and games in Main Park, 300 Locust St.

9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Horse-drawn carriage rides in Windsor Main Park.

10-11 a.m.: Church service in the park presented by Timberline Church at Main Park.

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Windsor car “cruise-in” at Eastman Park. $10 per car to enter, free admission.

11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Home and Garden Show at Tozer Primary School.

Noon-5 p.m.: Beer garden in Main Park, hosted by the Windsor Rotary Club.

Noon-6 p.m.: Lions Club bingo at the southeast corner of Main Park (under the white tent).

2-4 p.m.: Kids and adult games at Tozer Primary School.

4 p.m.: Bulls on the Beach at Water Valley South.

7 p.m.: Bulls on the Beach Concert/Dance.

8:30 p.m.: Free movie (TBA) in Boardwalk Park.

Monday, Sept. 1

7:30 a.m.: Labor Day 5k Run/Walk in Boardwalk Park.

8-8:45 a.m.: Kiddie parade judging at 3rd and Walnut streets.

7 a.m.: Parade lineup begins at Walnut Street and Chimney Park Drive.

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Arts and crafts, commercial and food booths, kids’ amusement rides and games in Main Park.

9 a.m.: Windsor Harvest Festival Parade going west on Walnut Street to 7th Street, then south on 7th Street to Eastman Park Drive.

11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Home and Garden Show at Tozer Primary School.

11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Horse-drawn carriage rides in Windsor Main Park.

Noon-5 p.m.: Beer Garden in Main Park. Hosted by Windsor Rotary Club.

Noon to 5 p.m.: Lions Club bingo at the southeast corner of Main Park (under the white tent).

2-4 p.m.: Home and Garden Show exhibits released with awards presented at Tozer Elementary School.

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