The St. Helena Hometown Harvest Festival is on Saturday, Oct. 20, will include events from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The city’s Recreation Department will kick off Harvest Festival by hosting the St. Helena Community Thanks & Gratitude Potluck from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18 at Lyman Park.
The Recreation Department is seeking nominations for its 2018 Harvest King or Queen. This person is considered an upstanding citizen and supports the Parks and Recreation mission statement of, “harvesting community experiences that celebrate St. Helena.” Follow this link to make your nomination: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8RDNm-jBwAUqb31fQcP6Ca7Y22xKJj7LNlEjqHihNtUJHGQ/viewform
Two days later, the Hometown Harvest Festival will be held. It has been around for decades, celebrating all things St. Helena and the harvest season. This year, the event is back to its roots, with handcrafted vendors, nonprofit organizations, service clubs and more.
The day will begin with the Annual 5k, 10k, and Fun Run coordinated by the St. Helena Montessori School. The Fun Run will kick off at 8 a.m., with the 5K and 10K beginning at 8:30 a.m. Runners and fans should meet at the corner of Adams and Oak Avenue to check in or register on that day. Pre-register at: https://www.active.com/st-helena-ca/running/distance-running-races/st-helena-harvest-festival-2018
After the race, St. Helena’s favorite small town event takes place, the annual Pet “Paw”rade, also on the corner of Adams Street and Oak Avenue. You can register your pet until Oct. 18 either online or at the St. Helena Recreation offices, day of registration is available – for $20 per pet, on the corner of Pine and Oak at 8:45 a.m. Register the Pet “Paw”rade online here: http://apm.activecommunities.com/sthelenarec/Activity_Search/1046
Following the Pet “Paw”rade the St. Helena Troop One Boy Scouts will host a pancake breakfast from 9-11 a.m., held at the St. Helena Catholic school parking lot. Cost is $5 per person or bring five non-perishable foods instead for their annual food drive.
Afterwards, walk down Oak Avenue to shop and enjoy more than 40 local, handcrafted arts and craft vendors, which will be set up by 11 a.m., and showcasing their goods until 4 p.m. During this time, kids can jump around in inflatables, partake in a Bike Rodeo with the St. Helena Police Department and get their faces painted. Wristbands for the kids area are $20 per child, which can be purchased at the ticket booth or in advance either online (https://apm.activecommunities.com/sthelenarec/Activity_Search/1057) or at the Recreation offices.
During the day, take a second to enjoy some music from the Dixieland Band and Saint Helena Community Band at 11 a.m., followed by a performance demonstration from Matias Martial Arts, featuring St. Helena martial arts students, at noon.
Other activities include:
- the FFA Pumpkin Patch on Tainter Street,
- the photo booth across from the Catholic Church, sponsored by the St. Helena Hospital
- Ordinary Sons will rock the main stage on the south end of Oak Avenue toward Spring Street, including dancing, ring toss and street bocce ball
- Cornhole tournament
- St. Helena Oddfellows will host its wine auction fundraiser
- St. Helena Kiwanis Club will sell beer, including 805 blonde ale
- Nonprofit groups selling food and treats, hot dogs from Junior Women’s group, corn on the cob from the Girl Scouts, cotton candy and cultural food from the Maldonado Fund and Catholic Church, and pies from the Federated Women.