Lehman Park Harvest Festival features several new events

Authored by Jim Langham on Sep 27, 2013

This year’s fourth annual Lehman Park Harvest Festival is being expanded to include more opportunities for family togetherness and activities. The event, which will take place on Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature an all new 55K bike ride, new vendors, family fall photo quick takes and spooky stories of Indiana.
Amy Orr, who is giving leadership to the event, said that money raised in the event will go toward replacement and improvement of equipment. It will also pay for safety upgrades of equipment.
“I am thrilled with the way businesses have supported this already,” said Orr. “We have already had some nice donations. People are donating who have never donated before.”
Activities for the day will include a bouncy house, kids’ crafts, face painting, arts and crafts fair, pony rides, petting zoo, speed pitch booth, backstage clowns, balloon art, concessions and homemade chili and pie.
At 1 p.m. professional story teller Carol Gebert will be sharing spooky stories of Indiana, a collection of stories considered to be fun for families and safe for kids.
Gebert has performed stories professionally for nearly 20 years through the United States and the Holy Land. While working as the resident storyteller for Kosciusko Visitors Bureau, she researched and visited haunted sites and stories in the county.
Gebert is presently theater instructor for Jay County High School and the president of Jay County Civic Theatre.
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Oct. 5, there will be a 55K scenic ride across country roads in southern Adams County. The ride begins and finishes at the Berne Public Pool.
“Following the ride, invite family and friends to join together for the festival, just across the road from the pool,” said Orr.
Cost for participation is $20 per person, including a t-shirt. Registrations end on Sept. 27. Registration will be accepted after that, but a free t-shirt is not guaranteed at that point.
The festival will also include quick take pictures, courtesy of Altamira Photography Studios. The cost of a sitting fee is $10. Sessions can be reserved in advance by calling 260-849-2187.
Other activities will include an arts and crafts fair with demonstrations by Jennifer Day of Day Crochet, handcrafted pieces by Carr’s Workshop, hand spa demos by Kim Hough of Jordan Essentials and crocheted hats by Becki Schwartz of Lost Her Stiches.
In addition, Boy Scout Cody Stoner is partnering with the American Legion to collect items for troop care packages. Josh Roby will be selling gourds and Amber Hagen of Blessed Journeys will display information about the organization’s childbirth classes.
At 1:45 p.m., an auction will include fall mums and pumpkins, baked goods, fresh produce and business donations. A raffle prize drawing will be held at 3 p.m. with tickets costing $2 per ticket or 10 tickets for $10. A large selection of gifts are being accumulated and donated by area businesses for the raffle.
Another new event is the Carnival of Pumpkins, complete with prizes for various pumpkin categories.

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