The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is preparing to welcome the fall season with Harvest Fest 2017. The event takes place Saturday, Sept. 23 – Sunday, Sept. 24 and is filled with family-fun activities that carry a fall theme.
“Harvest Fest is an event where the business community really comes together,” said Linda Southwick, Executive Director of the RCC. “We couldn’t have the numerous children’s activities for Harvest Festival without the enormous support we receive with all the sponsorships. Our community so grateful to our sponsors for helping to provide this fun event. The non-profit organizations also come together on this weekend and help support the event, in addition to raising funds for their causes. Add on top of that the incredible volunteer support we receive and we are able to put together an action-packed weekend full of fall fun for all members of the family.”
The weekend will include many of the favorites of years’ past including the crowd favorites Chili Cook Off, Tractor Parade, Antique Tractor Show, Beer Tents, Live Music, Museum Attic Sale, Rockford Rotary Barbecue, Rockford United Methodist Church Pancake Breakfast, Corner Bar Land with Children’s activities including a Petting Zoo & Pony Rides, Children’s Costume Contest, Coloring Contest, Kid’s Tractor Pull, Movies on the Rogue and Trick or Treating.
The Classic Car Show, sponsored by Rockford Quick Lube, allows visitors to enjoy more than 100 classic cars lining Main Street. This wonderful car show always features a wide variety of makes and years, including some show-stopping entries. Awards are presented to the top 10 entries, and the “Best in Show.” This showcase not only features classic cars, it also features classic rock with a DJ setting the stage with cool music to listen to as you are looking at sweet rides.
The kids will be thrilled with all the activities geared toward their fun. Garden Club Park is the setting for a petting zoo. They will also enjoy the costume contest, trick-or-treating, face painting and the tractor pull – and even a chicken chuckin’ contest.
The Make It and Take It Scarecrow building will be featured in the dam overlook parking lot for three weekends, Sept. 23, 24 & 30, Oct. 1 and Oct 7 & 8 (Sat 10:00 am -5:00 pm and Sun noon – 4:00 pm).
Flu shots are available Saturday September 23rd from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This is offered by Spectrum Health Visiting Nurses Association in the Welcome Center.
“There are so many exciting things going on all two days,” concluded Southwick. “Families can come downtown, enjoy the beautiful fall weather, the outdoors and plenty of fun activities celebrating this great time of year.”