35th Annual Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival

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'Granddaddy of all Festivals' in the Yadkin Valley celebrates agricultural traditions.

Yadkin Arts Council
The festival gets bigger and better every year

Fall foliage, art, craft and food vendors, live music alternating between two stages, blue ribbon competitions and an exhibit of miniature works of art highlight this year’s Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival planned for Saturday, September 17 in downtown Yadkinville. Dubbed the “Granddaddy of Festivals in the Yadkin Valley” it’s a fall classic that’s been hosted by the Yadkin Arts Council for 35 years and now sees 10,000 attendees.

New this year, the Well Fargo Stagecoach pulls in at 11:00 a.m., delivering the mayor of Yadkinville to the festival. Festival-goers can watch artists at work in the YARD working artist studios on the Cultural Center plaza, enjoy traditional festival food such as the popular potato twirls and fresh-squeezed lemonade, pick up a peck of vegetables at the farmers market, and watch weavers craft baskets and quilt-makers demonstrate their craft. The popular bluegrass jam on the Chamber of Commerce lawn will fill the air with fiddling sounds preceded by the sounds of songsters in the popular “Yadkin Idol” competition which begins at 11:30 a.m. A special kid’s play area features giant inflatables.

“The festival gets bigger and better every year,” says Susan Lyons, co-director of the Yadkin Arts Council. “We’ve made it more interactive and family friendly with the addition of activities like the old-time relay races. And for the second year we’ve put out a call for bakers and artists to enter the blue ribbon competitions for best baked cakes, cookies, pies and the best harvest-themed ‘Make it with Legos’ competition.”

Staying true to its heritage, much of the festival is dedicated to the celebration of Yadkin County’s agricultural traditions with a farmers’ market, petting zoo, antique farm equipment and agricultural exhibits.

“Exquisite Miniatures by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist” opens the day of the festival in the Center’s Welborn Gallery. The husband and wife duo, members of the Miniature Society of America, will greet festival-goers and explain the viewing of “art in little” watercolors using the many magnifying glasses placed throughout the exhibit. The exhibit runs from September 15 to October 15.

The Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival is free and open to all ages. Festival hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Attendees who bring four cans of food to the Yadkin Christian Ministries tent will receive a raffle ticket for prizes.

The Yadkin Arts Council is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1975 to enrich the lives of Yadkin County citizens through the arts. The Yadkin Cultural Arts Center opened one year ago after a four-year capital campaign. It provides a gathering space for the community, classrooms for art programs, an exhibition gallery, the YARD working artist studios, the Third Branch Café, and an outdoor strollway. For more information or entry forms for the blue-ribbon competitions please visit http://www.yadkinarts.org or call (336) 679-2941.

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