Harvest Festival makes comeback in 2021

The Harvest Festival will return after a two-year hiatus for the 11th annual celebration.

Fantastic fun for the whole family, the Harvest Festival organized by the Vicksburg Historical Society, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Historic Village on N. Richardson Street. As always, it is a free event.

There will be free hay wagon rides pulled by a team of horses as well as tons of animals to pet and appreciate. The Depot Museum’s Ford Model A car will also be available for quick rides. There will be antique tractors on display from Dale Sult and the Kalamazoo Valley Antique Engine and Machinery Club.

A pumpkin decorating contest, and a secret word and secret picture search are available for the children. The secret word and picture search will take place on the day. There will be a pumpkin weight-guessing game and a 50/50 drawing which is a fundraiser for the Historical Society.

At the pavilion, visitors will find vendors from the Farmers’ Market, food trucks, and the local Rotary Club selling pumpkins and the Lions Club selling bratwursts. At the township hall, you can catch the latest speaker in the Speaker Series giving a presentation from 2-3 p.m.

The pumpkin decorating contest for children 5 to 12 years old requires entries to be delivered to the Depot Museum on Saturday, Sept. 25 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Applications for the pumpkin decorating contest will be available online at vicksburghistory.org and at the Depot Museum on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in September.

All the buildings in the Historic Village will be open for tours. Docents will explain the history of the print shop, general store, Doris Lee Sweet shop, schoolhouse, township hall, garage and farmhouse. The Vicksburg Historical Society and Historic Village are open during the fall on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. for researching and viewing the collection of artifacts at the Depot Museum and on the grounds.

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