FINDLEY LAKE – Area residents looking to spend some time near the lake before summer ends will have plenty to do beginning Friday.
The 16th annual Findley Lake Harvest Festival is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, which is also Labor Day weekend.
Festivities will begin Friday at 6 p.m. with a kickoff by the Acoustic Gypsies Band. Pine Junction will have a beer tent with live entertainment by musicians such as: Sean Patrick McGraw, Flash Jordan, Amanda Barton and Bill Ward and others. Plus, the Findley Lake Library will host a large book sale, and a farmers’ market will take place.
Saturday will bring more live music at the Pine Junction beer tent. Marty’s Bubble Gum Machine will provide fun activities at the Gazebo for the kids on Saturday from 1-5 p.m. Shopping will be available at the new Village Center, along with other shops along Main Street. The band Antyx, featuring Rob Vance, will start at 7 p.m., and fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. The festival wraps up on Sunday with the Kids Got Talent contest, which will feature cash prizes.
According to Jeff Horner, event coordinator, throughout the weekend Main Street in Findley Lake will be full of entertainment and fun for all ages, and more than 35 vendors are participating this year. One thing that has improved this year is that there is even more entertainment for children.
“We’ve added some sand and candle art, we’ve got more jugglers, musicians and clowns and we have a puppet show,” Horner said. “We’ve tried to gear it a little bit more toward the children because I think we have enough adult entertainment going on. For adults we have an antique bazaar, arts and crafts vendors, a dunking booth the beer tent and a wine tasting tent by Mazza Winery.”
The antique bazaar, which is new this year, will feature 20 vendors, many of whom are featured in Findley Lake’s new business The Village Center.
“It’s an antique bazaar-type center that has been a huge hit this year on Main Street – it will be a nice added attraction,” Horner said.
Another attraction is the event’s proximity to Findley Lake, where the fireworks will be visible on Saturday evening.
“You can’t beat the venue and the view,” Horner said. “It’s all about our time to shine as a community.”
Although it doesn’t occur until Sunday, the Kids Got Talent contest is a favorite every year, said Horner.
“It’s amazing every year to see these kids of all ages from different backgrounds and all over – last year our winner was from Canada,” Horner said. “Its a lot of fun, and it really holds the audience’s attention.”
According to Horner, the event is held annually to celebrate the close of the summer season, and the beginning of the harvest.
“It’s to celebrate our farmers, and to take time out from everybody’s activities of the busy summer,” Horner said. “It’s a free event, that’s for the kids and is very user-friendly. I think this is probably the best festival I’ve seen in a long time, and there is something for everybody there.”
The festival is located on Main Street in Findley Lake. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 814-397-4461 or visit findleylakeinfo.org for a schedule of events.