By Sarah Reynolds for Island Connection
Charleston County Parks is once again hosting a traditional Southern fall shindig. The 17th Annual Harvest Festival is set for Saturday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Johns Island County Park.
The Harvest Festival is perhaps known best for its foot-stompin’ showcase of Charleston’s own bluegrass talent. Performing throughout the day will be five bluegrass bands. This year’s lineup will feature entertainment from local performers Roger Bellow and the Drifting Troubadours, Marshgrass Mamas, Gravel Road, Yee Haw Junction and River Boy.
No Harvest Festival is complete without a feast. Plenty of food will be available for purchase, including Southern barbecue, roasted and boiled peanuts, kettle korn, and traditional favorite festival fare, plus cold beverages. After feasting and dancing, festival-goers are invited to stop by the festival crafters’ market to get a jump on holiday shopping.
Families will find plenty to keep the kids occupied including hay rides, a stick pony corral, pumpkin decorating, penny diving and more. This year’s Harvest Festival will also feature a youth Archery Turkey Day Shoot! Turkeys will not be harmed in this competition, but the winning archer will take home a frozen turkey. The showdown is open to ages 8-17, and turkeys will be awarded to the male and female competitor with the highest score.
Interested competitors can sign up at the event. Or, ages 8-17 can also just try out archery between 1 and 5 p.m. at the event without competing. All activities are free with the festival admission fee.
As part of the festival, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center at Johns Island County Park offers the Harvest Festival Weekend Trail Ride for horse owners on Nov. 2-4.
Equestrians are invited to bring camping gear and supplies for two nights of camping and trail riding on 20 miles of beautiful, wooded trails. For details, call 843.795.4386 or visit CharlestonCountyParks.com.
Harvest Festival 2018 is held Saturday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Johns Island County Park. Admission is $8 per person. Kids 12 and under and Gold Pass holders are admitted free. Food and beverages available for additional fees. For more information, call 843-795-4386, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com or download Charleston County Parks’ mobile app. This event is brought to you by Coca-Cola, Charleston Animal Society and the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission.