Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Harvest Festival in Historic Lowell on October 10

The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce presents a Harvest Celebration on October 10, 2009 from 9 AM into the night! What could be more fun than Lowell in October! We have a host of activities for you and the family to enjoy. Put on your walking shoes and enjoy the autumn air while visiting all the events throughout Historic Lowell!

Start your morning off with the Family Fun Harvest Hustle Costume 5K Run/Walk sponsored by Lowell Community Wellness. The race will start at 8:30 AM sharp on Avery Street just north of the Lowell City Hall/Police Station. Run, walk or jog - have fun and get moving. Prizes will be awarded to race winners as well as best costume.

The Kent County Youth Fair and Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce together are sponsoring the Harvest Arts and Crafts, and the Flat River Antiques Show at the Lowell fairgrounds in the Foreman Building. Over 70 booths will be on display! The booths will open at 9 AM and remain open until 4 PM.

Concessions provided by Carolyn's Popcorn and Great Lakes BBQ will be available starting at 10 am and well into the night at the Lowell Fairgrounds. A variety of foods include hot dogs, carmel corn, ice cones, pulled pork sandwiches, bbq beef and ribs!

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides by Common Gentry Carriage Company will begin at 9 AM and run until 2 PM at the Lowell Fairground by the Farmer's Market Area. Take the kids for a ride, $5 per person.

Join us at the Lowell Area Farmers' Market and the Scarecrow Building Hoedown at the fairgrounds. We supply all the stuff to make a scarecrow for Main Street from 10 AM to 1 PM. We just need you and your creative juices! The scarecrows will be displayed in our Festival of Scarecrows in Historic Downtown Lowell through October 28th. At the Farmers' Market 10 AM to 2 PM you will find freshly picked foods from the garden along with all fall produce, apples, squash and decorations! The Lowell Wrestling team will kick off their pre-order Baked Apple Pie Sale and the featured entertainment will be Easy Idle Band from 10 am to noon.

Get a tour of Lowell Light & Power; meet the staff and board and enjoy free hotdogs, chips and beverages at their open house from 11 AM to 2 PM. Bucket rides for kids and Lowell Light and Power will help you and the family to learn about electrical safety on Broadway St.

The ladies of the Lowell Area Historical museum will serve home-baked, mouth-watering pies for their second annual pie fundraiser from 12 PM - 3 PM. Stop by and enjoy a slice of scrumptious pie ($2.50) and cider or coffee ($1), to be served in the full-color decorated Victorian garden for the harvest season. Don't be tardy or you'll miss out on a real treat...The pies go fast! The Museum will also be open for viewing all of our exhibits.

Last year the Great Mini Pumpkin Chuckin' Contest ($20), presented by the Kent County Youth Fair was a huge hit; they are back again this year at 2 pm. They added Apple Chuckin' Contest ($5) for the kids at 12 pm. Both event contestants use a trebuchet designed to toss an apple or a 6" pumpkin. Don't miss the fun on these two family events!

Larkin's restaurant is hosting the 8th Annual Chili Madness Chili Cook-off. Several teams have put their cooking skills to the test! The cooking begins at 11 AM at Larkin's on Broadway Street. The tasting and judging will commence at 3 PM. Taste the chili for just 50¢ a cup and enjoy live music with "Homebrewed" while you flavor the taste of the chili! All funds raised will benefit LARA Lowell Trailway.

The Lowell Area Arts Council presents Ghost Stories along with LAS High School Orchestra presenting Creepy Classics! Come and hear open mic readings of original ghost stories written by members of the community along with "Creepy Classics" by members of the Lowell Area School's orchestra program lead by Wendy Tenney. This spooky fun will begin at 2 PM in the Reath Barn at the Lowell Fairgrounds.

Selected downtown merchants will have a harvest of sales and open houses. Jump start your Christmas shopping 10 am to 5 pm on Lowell's Historic Main Street.

Lastly Gilda's Club of Lowell will end our day with an Old Fashion Barn Dance Fundraiser in the Reath Barn at the Lowell Fairgrounds. Don't miss out on fun, dancing, entertainment provided by "Hawks and Owls string band" and food catered by Keiser's Kitchen. Tickets are priced at: Family - $25; Single adult - $10; Kids -$5.

Bring the family and spend the day with us in Historic Lowell the Next Place to Be!

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