Pumpkins, chickens, pie eating contests, telescopes and apple bobbing were just a small sample of things to experience at the first Harvest Festival held at the Taghum Hall today.
Organizer Heather Haake said the festival was a “rousing success” with so many people attending.
Haake said the Taghum Community Hall Society organized the fair to celebrate autumn and raise funds to help “ keep the lights on”, as well as showcase the renovated hall.
The pie eating contests had an abundance of volunteers as children were challenged with consuming pies made of chocolate pudding and whipped cream. And the cake walk was popular with the highly decorated cakes as the prized desserts. There were sack races and apple bobbing as well.
Outside, families had a chance to pick up pumpkins from local growers like Linden Lane farms who continue to fund raise in the name of the late Brooke Malakoff. Or one could stock up on maple syrup. Fluster Cluck farms brought their trained chickens too.
Wayne Holmes, host of the Starry Nights program, shared a safe view of the surface of the sun through two different powered telescopes.
Haake said the vendors were “fabulous” as well. Goods ranged from wood working, hand-made lace jewelry, stained glass, baking, as well as custom poems written by Zaynab Mohammed on the spot.
Haake said the festival was a “fabulous success” for the society and hoped it was for the vendors too. Happily overwhelmed, Haake quantified the number of people as it related to borscht sales, of which they sold out by 1 p.m.
“We made enough borscht for 150 people and could have doubled that amount,” said Haake. “It’s a happy day.”