The 27th annual Middle Island Harvest Festival will kick off on Oct. 1 and run through Oct. 3 with plenty of family-friendly activities slated.
Held at the fairgrounds in Middlebourne, the three-day festival will feature daily attractions such as a sorghum making demonstration, apple butter making, corn meal grinding, an antique engine display, a flea market, arts and crafts, portable saw mill demonstration, chain saw art, big pumpkins, and more.
The annual Harvest Princess contest will be held on Friday evening at 8 p.m. in the log building. Contestants must be between the ages of seven and 10 years of age and must reside in Tyler County.
The annual ‘big pumpkin’ contest will be held on Oct. 2 during the Middle Island Harvest Festival.
Pumpkin decorating and scarecrow contest entries must be received on Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Judging will take place at 6 p.m.
Day two will start with breakfast at 8 a.m. with a menu consisting of pancakes with sorghum or syrup, sausage, and coffee.
A beef roast can be enjoyed at noon
The largest pumpkin contest will take place on Oct. 2, entries will be accepted from noon to 4 p.m.
The annual baking contest is slated that day as well. All entries must be received by 9 a.m. Judging will follow at 10 a.m.
On Sunday, breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. with a pork loin and grilled chicken lunch planned for noon in the log building.
The annual muzzleloader shoot will be held at 1 p.m. and is for rifles only. No scopes will be allowed. The horseshoe pitching contest will also be held at 1 p.m.
Apple butter, sorghum, and corn meal will be sold on the grounds during the festival. Other attractions include an antique engine display, flea market, working crafts, traders alley, apple butter making, corn meal grinding, wood splitting and much more.
Admission to the festival is free. Bring a lawn chair and join in the fun.