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Williamsport kicks off the season with annual Harvest Hoedown

Williamsport kicks off the season with annual Harvest Hoedown

WILLIAMSPORT — The spirit of giving back continues to run through the Williamsport Area Ministerium as they prepare for the annual Harvest Hoedown which will be held at Bryon Memorial Park in Williamsport.

Harvest Hoedown is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, and will feature scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, and a live music performance by Christian band group, Rhythm of Mercy.

A new feature in this year’s event is the Cash and Carry inside the community building where people may purchase items for as low as $2 or $5, including ceramics, stuffed animals, small pictures of art, and variously sized puzzles.

Horse-drawn carriage rides will be from 10 a.m. to noon, an activity made possible by Triple R Livery donation of horses.

Jenny DePalma, the event coordinator, said she is amazed at the ability of the churches within the ministerium to help donate items such as the 400 pairs of blue jeans and 400 long-sleeved shirts and accessories needed for the scarecrow-making activity.

“I’m just astounded at the generosity of people, I’m just overwhelmed,” DePalma said.

The scarecrow-making activity involves a production line set up where a person is either cutting the string, eyes, nose, or eyebrows that will be placed inside of a kit. Totes will be provided to store the scarecrow pieces.

Children’s activities include a variety of scheduled games and barrel rides for $1 per ride.

Local business owners have also donated items for the silent auction.

All of the proceeds will benefit the Williamsport Food Bank and attendees are encouraged to donate canned goods. Cash donations are accepted.

“It’s like one organization helping another organization,” DePalma said of the Williamsport Area Ministerium’s donation to the Washington County Antique Tractor Club who have made their own donation to the event.

The tractor club will use the donation to provide scholarships. 

“So it’s a like a win-win situation,” she said.

Calvary Temple is responsible for the food which will include breakfast foods such as country ham, eggs and sausages.

For lunch, steamers, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, coleslaw and homemade soups will be served.

A bake sale will be inside the community building in case of rain.

Anticipation for next year’s Harvest Hoedown grows immediately after the end.

“It’s just like the Rose Bowl, they’re starting the next day trying to get all the stuff for next year,” DePalma said.

Top photo: Logan Karle of Waynesboro, Pa., builds a scarecrow with his grandmother Vickie Hemphill of Fairplay during last year's Harvest Hoedown at Byron Memorial Park in Williamsport. (Herald-Mail file photo)

If you go ...

WHAT: Harvest Hoedown
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6
WHERE: Byron Memorial Park, Park Road, Williamsport
COST: Admission is free; Canned goods and cash will be accepted as donations to the Williamsport Food Bank
CONTACT: Jenny DePalma, event coordinator, at 304-596-0077

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