The festival will feature a farmers market, art market, quilt show, live entertainment, a children’s zone, crafts for kids of all ages, a butterfly tent filled with live monarch butterflies, antique tractors, a beehive art show, food trucks, and fun for the whole family.
The Homegrown Harvest Festival is one close the Executive Director Amber Wellington’s heart. She explained that she’s coordinated all or part of the festival since 2012.
“Our Harvest Festival certainly is a labor of love,” Wellington said. “It serves as sort of a capstone on our season each year, and it’s a great way for us to thank the community for their incredible support all season. We work with local businesses and organizations to help sponsor the event, so it really is a community production.”
Sponsors this year include Erie Arts & Culture, Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, Walker Brothers Buick Chevrolet, Marquette Savings Bank, JJ Wurst, Happy Mug Coffee, Lakeside Bagel & Deli, Flip Café, John’s Wildwood Pizzeria, Compadres Mexican Grill, Southshore Party Rental, and Powell’s Portable Toilets, just to name a few.
“We are absolutely bowled over by the amazing support we’ve seen from the community this year. We asked our local businesses to help support the festival through sponsorships, in-kind donations, and donations for our raffle auction, and they really responded,” Wellington said. “We have a beautiful vase from Campbell Pottery, a handmade chainsaw carving of two owls from Sawdust Sculptures, gift cards for Walmart, Flip Café, Fat Willie’s Wing House, Charlie’s Pub & Eatery, and more – all donated to be raffled off to support Goodell Gardens.”
Wellington added that every dollar spent at the Homegrown Harvest Festival stays local. “All of our vendors are from within a 50-mile radius of Goodell Gardens. From art and crafts to farm market goods to food trucks, music, entertainers and more, these folks are your friends and neighbors. The dollars you spend at our festival stay right here in the community. This event helps keep the lights on, put groceries in the fridge and lunchboxes, and gas in the tanks of real people who you’ll get to meet right here on Sunday.”
Live entertainment kicks off with Jennifer Dennehy’s Hoop Troop starting at 12 noon, sponsored by Edinboro Wizardfest. At 1 p.m., the Goodell Gardens String Band will play. Tiny Paper Boats will play at 2 pm, and the Matthew Bennett Blues Band will close the event, playing from 3 – 5 p.m. Award-winning facepainter Taradoodles will be on site painting faces all day, and The Real Magic Steve will twist balloons from 4 – 5 p.m.
Goodell Gardens staff and volunteers, led by Brandon Cowie from Outland Studios, will create crafts with kids. Marquette Savings Bank is sponsoring a Monarch Butterfly Tent, which will be filled with live Monarch Butterflies. Folks will be able to walk through the tent for a nominal fee of $3 each from 12 noon to 4 p.m. when the butterflies will be released.
Food trucks will be on site, including SorcErie, The Chameleon, Riverside Brewing, Give A Crepe/La CrepErie and Kona Ice. Happy Mug Coffee Company, Cart/Horse Distilling and Erie Ale Works will also be here!
Admission to the event on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 12 noon – 5 p.m. is free. Parking onsite will be $2 per vehicle (cash only), which is split between Goodell Gardens & Homestead and Edinboro Kiwanis. The event will be held rain or shine.
Goodell Gardens & Homestead is located at 221 Waterford Street (Route 6N), just east of downtown Edinboro. For more information, visit www.goodellgardens.org.