Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter
September 23, 2013
The Yadkinville Harvest Festival is still the longest running annual festival in the Yadkin County, despite cloudy weather that threatened otherwise.
The 37th annual festival was held Saturday, Sept. 21. Crowds continued to pour in throughout the day even as rain trickled from time to time.
The festival started at 9 a.m. but the official ceremonies were not held until 11 a.m. For those who attended the reasoning was obvious.
The Yadkin Arts Council decided to let crowds build a bit and do the opening program at 11 a.m. to let the maximum number possible be present for the flash mob that accompanied Aaron Misenheimer’s singing of the national anthem.
Members of the Yadkin Baptist Association stepped out of the crowd as Misenheimer began, most of them dressed in red to be even more patriotic. Dozens gathered in front of the main stage in front of the Yadkin Courthouse and held a large American flag as they sang along.
Mayor Hubert Gregory and Yadkin Arts Council’s John Willingham welcomed the crowd and joked about the weather. Every year the outdoor festival runs the risk of weather-related problems, but fortunately the temperatures remained comfortable and the rain stayed at a sprinkle throughout much of the day.
Shortly before 2:30 p.m. the rain got a bit harder and out came the umbrellas. Many vendors were forced to pack up their equipment as the rain continued around 3 p.m.
Crowds had several new attractions to visit this year before the rain fell though.
Festival-goers seemed to enjoy the Demonstration Station on Main Street and Jackson. Performers did Zumba, clogging and dance while crowds surrounded the roped off street stage.
Bands scheduled to perform on the Cultural Arts Center stage in the courtyard were moved inside the building as a precaution against rain. The Oil and Renegar Band, None of the Above and Bluegrass Jam Session drew crowds indoors and onto chairs in the front meeting room of the center.
Blues Deville and Risky Bizzness performed on the main stage on Elm Street.
Many different vendors were available if you wanted to eat at the festival and stay all day. Drumsticks and funnel cakes were on hand at the intersection of Elm and Jackson Street.
Face painters made a huge impact on the crowd as youngsters and their parents alike lined up for their turns. Children played with handmade wooden toys while their elders looked at the more adult crafts. Scarves, T-shirts and more were available.
The Planning Building parking lot had several tractors on site for children to see firsthand, reminding them how important agriculture is to the area.
Even the name “Harvest Festival” reminds the community that, if were not for the successful crops, the county would not be the thriving place it is.
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