October 6, 2011: Harvest Festival: Adults and Children Flock To this Local Event!
Harvest Festival: Adults and Children Flock To this Local Event!
By Lorrie Marlow, Hintonburg Economic Development Committee.
“In total, this festival raised over $700 thanks to everyone that bought baking, hotdogs or gave to the donation jars.”
The Hintonburg Harvest Festival always feels like a country fair in the middle of the city and this year was no exception! Children ran around to all the activities with glee while parents and caregivers look on and caught up with each others lives.
The 11th annual Hintonburg Harvest Festival at Parkdale Park was held on Saturday, September 10, coordinated by the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee (HEDC) under perfect fall weather. The sound of hooves on Hintonburg streets from the Horse and Trolley sponsored by Domicile Developments was a soothing sound along with the laughing children and adults aboard.
St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church held a cupcake decorating booth that was popular with children and adults alike! The congregation of St. Stephen’s baked 150 cupcakes for local kids to decorate. The volunteers were surprised at the number of adults that wanted to participate and were more than willing to donate to participate! Through this initiative, St. Stephen’s raised $205 dollars for the Connaught School Breakfast Program!
In total, this festival raised over $700 thanks to everyone that bought baking, hotdogs or gave to the donation jars. Another new activity at this festival was decorating hats purchased from Saint Vincent de Paul with a variety of craft materials. The “Hat Ladies” who brought the idea, the supplies and the energy certainly made the day. Kids with funky hats and face paint later participated in the Parade of Hats and Crafts where prizes were awarded. The tug of war and potato sack races are alway favourites of the day.
Julie and her team of volunteers continue to amuse and entertain the children with games and crafts all afternoon. There were prizes for everyone donated by the HEDC. The Bouncy Castle donated by Dovercourt was up and filled with kids in minutes! Adults wanting to try the Castle were given their own time and were thrown out if they misbehaved!
Music throughout the day was provided by (14 year old) DJ 911, a recent graduate from the free DJ workshop held at the Hintonburg Community Center (HCC) last winter and sponsored by the HEDC and Hintonburg Community Centre. Artist Angela McGowan and her assistant worked with the children to create another mural. The children’s murals of the last few years decorated the park – young children marvelled at their own art work of previous years. Jennifer Ladoucer and staff from the HCC were in attendance with their ever popular interactive games.
Always a hit in the ‘hood was the breakdance demonstration with B’Boy “Ben Jammin” and the HB Breakers, a local breakdance crew. Cardboard was taped to the new Parkdale stage and the boys busted some moves and then gave lessons. After the demo, Ben Jammin was busy answering questions about his upcoming programs at the HCC and he had time for everyone. Ben and the HB Breakers just got in on the last of the BBQ’ed hotdogs and smokies donated by Giant Tiger and the bake sale with donations from local bakeries, neighbors and friends which were a huge success.
Our festivals would never be complete without our information tables – thanks to the Ottawa Police Volunteers, the Rosemount Library, the Hintonburg Community Centre, Wellington West BIA and GCTC for providing information on resources and events.
The HEDC are a small grassroots group that work hard to promote the community of Hintonburg and raise funds for local charities. The Harvest Festival originally started as a partnership between the HEDC and the Parkdale Market to celebrate the harvest and bring people out to our wonderful park.
The apple pie contest is a traditional part of our festival – celebrating the harvest with the apple merchants in the Market. Judges Judi Varga-Toth (Credible Edibles), Chris Green (Harvest Loaf) and Stephanie Sizer (Krackers Katering) deliberated carefully over the pie entries. The winner, Jackie Scheffel, received a gift basket from Alpha Soul Café as well as a bouquet of flowers from the Parkdale Market. The second place was Micheal (sorry no last name) and third place Gloria Hostetler and the three runners up had their choice of prizes – gift baskets from Alpha Soul Café or a Parkdale Market Bag filled with market produce.
The Harvest Festival originally started with only hotdogs donated by Giant Tiger and any children’s activities that required absolutely no funding. This free festival is important to families and locals to reconnect. The huge success of this festival now is due to our many volunteers and donations from local businesses. HEDC would like to thank our many generous sponsors and forgive us if we miss any:Giant Tiger, Domicile, Dovercourt Recreation Center, Carleton Tavern, Parkdale Market, City of Ottawa Civic Festival Funding, Harvest Loaf, 3 Bakers & a Bike, Burnt Butter, Emerald Bakery, Bagel Bagel, Thyme & Again,Wellington Sandwiches, Hintonburg Community Centre, Indian Express, patients and staff of the Royal Ottawa , and St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church.
Anyone that would like to volunteer with HEDC, donate or learn more about us, please call Lorrie at 613-761-6672 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch for our next event which is “Diwali – the festival of lights” in October!
Photo Caption: Participants of the Parkdale Pie Contest gather during the September 10 Hintonburg Harvest Festival at Parkdale Park. Photo by Caroline Archambault.