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Organizers looking to bring back Morehead Harvest Festival in a big way

Samantha Morrill

The Harvest Festival, a staple of Appalachian culture for generations, is making its return to the city of Morehead. The event used to be held in the Kroger Shopping Center and featured a variety of vendors and carnival rides. Nearly 20 years after it was canceled, the Morehead Harvest Festival is returning, this time in Morehead City Park.

Jeff Fannin, Coordinator of the festival, said he is excited to bring the event back to the community.

“I love to have events with people coming together. It’s good for the city, it’s good for the county, draws a lot of people into our area, it helps the local businesses, and shows a good community spirit,” said Fannin.

Fannin said this festival will be different from years past. There will be a variety of events, vendors, and activities for attendees to experience. Fannin said there will be almost 200 vendors, with the capacity to accommodate up to 250. In addition, there will be a variety of musical guests, cornhole tournament, hayride, cake walk, and more.

“We also have a petting zoo coming in that has camels, zebras, kangaroos, miniature cows. Then we have bounce houses that are coming in. We’re going to have a little Mr. & Mrs. Harvest Festival pageant, that’s on Saturday. We’re going to have storytelling back at the pavilion back in the back of the woods, there’s so much that’s going to be happening,” said Fannin.

The festival is this weekend, October 27-29. Hours are Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission is free and general parking will be available at the MSU overflow lot off of US 60. Vendor parking will be available at the lot by the splash pad in City Park.

Questions about and information for signing up for contests and events can be found at moreheadharvestfestival.com, or by emailing Fannin at Jeff@PrintUSA.com.