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Q&A with junior Lexie Stites: Miss Harvest Homecoming’s Outstanding Teen 2019

By Mary Ficker

What does winning the title of Miss Harvest Homecoming’s Outstanding Teen mean to you?

LS: “It means that I have an incredible opportunity to connect and make an impact in my own community! With this title I am a spokesperson for New Albany and Floyd County and hope to do everything thing I can do with that responsibility.”

How has the Miss America Organization impacted your life?

LS: “The Miss America Organization has taught me the importance of service, skills that will help me in my future life, such as interview tactics, and has also given me the opportunity to meet so many new people and create lifelong friendships!”

What do you plan to do during your year as Miss Harvest Homecoming’s Outstanding Teen?

LS: “During my year I plan to share my platform Dance Across Borders as much as possible and inspire others to join me in benefiting their communities as well.”

What are you looking forward to most during the Harvest Homecoming Festival?

LS: “Everything! Pumpkin Chucking, booth days, and all the food! I can’t wait for the nonstop fun I know I am going to have!”

What do you hope to achieve with your platform this year?

LS: “I will continue to donate and share opportunities for dance with underprivileged children and keep raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by using the ties I have in the local arts centers to share our talents to benefit those who may not be able to themselves.”

What is your main goal this year when you compete for the title of Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen in June of 2020? 

LS: “I want to have a good time, that’s for sure number one on my list! Last year I won an interview preliminary so repeating that along with a talent preliminary award are my two set goals!”

Next week’s Harvest Homecoming brings together community and school

Harvest Homecoming offers festive activities

By McKenna Click

This year marks the 45th annual Harvest Homecoming festival that takes place in downtown New Albany. This year a few things will be different about the festival, starting with the theme, which is “Harvest Goes Hollywood.” Also, for the first time students will be out of school for a full week during the festival.

The festivities will kick off with opening ceremonies tomorrow at Seventh and Spring Street, starting at 10:30 a.m. with “64 West” as musical entertainment.  After opening ceremonies, at noon the Harvest Homecoming Parade will start at New Albany High School, which will then head south on Vincennes Street to Spring Street turning west to Bank Street and finally end at Bank and Elm Streets.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, Harvest Homecoming Idol open auditions will be held at Jimmy’s Music Center, located at 123 East Market Street.  Auditions start at 2:30 p.m. and are open to anyone ages 16-30; contestants must bring proof of ID with them.  There will be a $15 entry fee, and the top 15 chosen will perform live for the festival on Oct. 12.  Once they have performed live, the top five will advance on and perform live on Oct. 13.

Located at the corner of Market and State on the Main Source stage, the first annual Harvest Homecoming Corn Hole Tournament.  There are two categories individuals have the option of entering, the kids tournament or the adult tournament.  Both categories will have prizes awarded to first, second, and third place teams

The kids’ tournament is for the people ages 10-17.  It will be a single elimination and will have a $10 entry fee per team to pay.

The adult tournament is for anyone ages 18 and older.  It will be a double elimination and has a $25 dollar entry fee per team to play.

Deadline for both categories to enter is tomorrow, Oct. 6.  Visit harvesthomecoming.com or contact Melissa Atkins at (502) 930-8882 for information and registration forms.

On Sunday, Oct.13, no registration form will be required but a $15 admission fee per car will be required at the Harvest Homecoming open car show, located at the New Albany Riverfront.  The show will start at 9 a.m. and will last until 1 p.m.  Harvesthomecoming.com, where all the information about the festival was found, welcomes, “any type of stock, classic, show or race car, antique vehicles, trucks,  motorcycles, any model, any year.”  Various awards will be presented at 3:30.
The crafts/food booths and farmers market will run Thursday, Oct.11 from noon-9 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9am-10 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 14 noon-5 p.m.  While checking out the booths, look for FC’s banana booth, sponsored by Student Council.

Student Council raises money through banana booth

By Derek Hanke

Hitting closer to home, the FC Banana Booth, run by Student Council sponsor and English teacher Tiffany Stansbury, will be operating at Harvest Homecoming from Wednesday to Sunday.

Stansbury finds satisfaction in running the booth. Unique to the banana booth activity is the opportunity to work with students outside of school.

“I enjoy being able to work alongside students. It’s a fun four days but long at the same time. It’s stressful but you get to meet a lot of new people.”

Another aspect of the booth that Stansbury finds interesting is the tradition behind it.

“It’s really neat because the school has had the Banana Booth for 30 years,” she said. “Before the booth was a trailer, it was wooden and had to be assembled at Harvest itself. Some people come every year just to get frozen bananas.”

Stansbury enjoys two main things when running the booth.

“Spending four days alongside students is a lot of fun. Also, people watching is enjoyable.”

The booth benefits both the school and the Student Council.

“We raise about two thousand dollars, generating all the Student Council funds for the year. We put the money towards school events like the Dance Marathon,” said Stansbury.

Student council members are all required to work at the booth, providing staff for the event.

“We’re all required to work the booth but even if we weren’t I’d probably still work it anyways,” said senior Hannah Merk.

Merk is working at the Banana Booth for her second time this year. She likes working at Harvest partially because of the climate.

“I love Harvest Homecoming. Fall is my favorite time of the year,” said Merk.

If the weather is right, Merk expects a large turnout for Harvest with an increased amount of families due to FC having Friday off.

Merk isn’t worried about being too busy because the banana preparing process makes their sales much easier. Merk expects there to be around a thousand bananas sold.

“We have a banana prep day where we prepare and freeze the bananas so all we have to do when someone orders is dip them in chocolate,” said Merk.

Merk enjoys working with classmates and socializing with customers.

“I love interacting with buyers and working with the other members of Student Council. Working the Banana Booth helps us bond because we have to work together.” she said.

Merk says there is a special way that the booth draws in customers.

“We have a person in a banana costume every shift that dances and draws in customers.” said Merk.

Merk encourages every FC student to visit the Banana Booth.

“If you’re a student at FC, there’s a good chance you’ll see someone you know working there and it’s a lot of fun.”

Seasonal attractions offer plenty to do


By Blake Dykes

With fall here, there is no reason to stay home. No matter what you enjoy there is something for everyone.Fall entails one of the most thrilling holidays, Halloween. One spot worth looking at for a fright is the Field of Screams.The Field of Screams takes you through a terrifying journey to the middle of nowhere, where the suspenseand horror willsend chills down your spine. The Field of Screams can be compared to an extreme outdoor haunted house.Visit  the Field of Screams on the following days: Sept. 28 and 29; Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27 any time between 7-1 a.m.The cost is $20per person and is located in Brandenburg. Kentucky.

Maybe driving out to the middle of nowhere to get scared to death isn’t your thing; luckily, there are plenty of other activities. For example, Harvest Homecoming.

Harvest Homecoming is the perfect place to stroll around the streets of New Albany and try a lot of delicious foods while being entertained by the free bands or pageants. Or, if you’re one of those people that would rather spend the night riding classic fair rides, Harvest may be a great choice. Harvest Homecoming opens this Saturday, October 6, and closes on Sunday, Oct. 16.

If you are looking for something a little more family oriented, a trip to Joe Huber’s may be what you need.

Joe Huber’s Family Farm is the perfect opportunity to have a laid back night with the family or even a date. If you enjoy sitting down to a nice country meal and taking a walk to look at scenery, Huber’s is a great place to visit. Not only can you indulge in a country meal, but during the whole month of October you can go on a hayride and pick that perfect pumpkin.

Whether a fun evening for you consists of a getting a scare or a nice evening just enjoying the simple things, there are plenty of things to do this fall.

Harvest Homecoming offered a variety of activities

By Blake Dykes

For many people Harvest Homecoming is a place to get together with friends and family, enjoy some delicious food, and investigate the different booths. This year was no different.

Others, however, used Harvest as a way to promote or sell their products. One such vendor was Brendle Honey Farm.

Owner Tom Brendle raises his own bees and makes honey, granola, maple syrup, and soaps.

“Starting out we were selling products to Rainbow Blossom, and found to go to festivals that are close, then people say, ‘If I like your honey, where do I get it?’,” said Brendle.

On other hand, other booths were also run as organizations helping people.

Kaiser Home Support Services, a non-profit organization, offers in-home and out of home care for developmentally disabled and elderly. Muriel LaDuke is the executive director and has been running this booth at Harvest for 40 years. This year they are selling candy cane baskets. Everything they sell is donated and goes back to the service.

There were many other eye-catching booths this year. From Spray Paint Art to Fabulous Creations, there was much to see.

Besides the knick-knacks and other items visitors could buy at Harvest, many people’s favorite type of booths were the food booths.

From all time favorites of chicken and dumplings and funnel cakes, to deep fried Oreos and Snickers, Harvest seemed to have it all.

Or take your pick between the original Graeters ice cream to homemade, hand churned ice cream made by the Amish.

Besides the usual things you would expect to see at Harvest Homecoming, there were a few exotic sights that were causing many gapes and stares.

For example, a lady walking around with a real snake around her neck.

Or, a man dressed in camouflage walked around with a lemur perched on his shoulder. The man disappeared, only shortly showing up again, carrying a small kangaroo. Many children were in awe, petting the small wild animals.

With all the public attraction, should Harvest Homecoming be more than once a year?

“Yes, every season a lot of people come to it. Its very family-oriented and you get to spend time with your friends and family,” said freshman Carly Franklin.

However, not everyone would agree.

“Harvest would lose visitation and more people wouldn’t want to come, it would lose quality of booths. This is the perfect time of year,” said freshman Madeline Coffey.

Still not enough entertainment? Some people took rides in horse drawn carriages, others listened to the live entertainment or went to the rides.

All in all, this Harvest Homecoming had plenty of things to do.

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