For 43 years, hundreds of eager people flock to down town New Albany to partake in the fun fall festival at Harvest Homecoming. The 2010-2011 Harvest Homecoming Committee [HHC] president Kerry Nicolas plans the upcoming events taking place the first weekend in October.
Bagpiper: What is new this year?
Kerry Nicolas: “Our new event is the Riding Lawnmower Races for ages 18 and over, which is at the 4-H Fair arena on Sept. 25. You can get details about the race or any other events on the Harvest Homecoming Committee website. We also have a new souvenir this year. It is a Harvest Homecoming keychain. It will be for sale at the HHC Souvenir booth.”
BP:What are some of the traditions surrounding Harvest Homecoming?
KN:”The Pumpkin Decorating event is our oldest event and a longtime tradition. The Parade, the Balloon Race and booths days are definite traditions that many people look forward to. There are many other traditions also: such as the kids events, our entertainment, etc.”
BP:Why is Harvest Homecoming so popular?
KN:”Harvest Homecoming is so popular because it’s like a large community reunion with great food, craft booths, events and entertainment where people can run into someone they haven’t seen in years.”
BP:What is one thing someone should know about Harvest Homecoming if they have never been before?
KN:”They need to know that Harvest Homecoming has something for everyone, no matter what age. We have many different food booths, craft booths, events and entertainment for everyone’s taste.”
BP:What’s your favorite activity to do at Harvest Homecoming?
KN:”My favorite activity at HHC is eating lots of different foods and enjoying the entertainment . I’ll go get a sandwich, etc. and go sit where there is entertainment to eat my food. That’s if I have the time.”
BP:What’s one thing everyone should make sure to do at this year’s festival?
KN:”Everyone should make sure they take advantage of what our different booths have to offer as well as our great entertainment and events. There isn’t just one thing, there are many things they should do to enjoy the festival.”
BP:What goes into planning Harvest Homecoming?
KN:”We plan all year for the festival, starting right after the festival ends for the next year. The vice president meet ten times a year and the Board of Directors meet five times a year. It takes a lot of work and many hours, by hundreds of volunteers, to run the Harvest Homecoming Festival.”
What is your favorite thing about Harvest Homecoming? What is your favorite food?