Harvest Pride Festival attracts hundreds

The 23rd Annual Harvest Pride Festival took place in Bean Station Saturday afternoon with music, crafts and a chili cookoff.

Not even a blustery day could keep people away from the 23rd Annual Harvest Pride Festival in Bean Station.

Under cloudy skies and intermittent drops of rain, hundreds of people from the Lakeway Area and beyond converged on this Grainger County hamlet to celebrate fall and the harvest season.

The festival started on Friday night with a walk to raise money for Emma Grace Daniels, a fourth-grade student at Joppa School, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia at Children’s Hospital in Knoxville. She is on her second round of treatments and requires hospitalization due to the treatments.

Medic Regional Blood Bank also took blood donations for Emma.

On Saturday, there were more than 100 vendors signed up to attend the festival, with Mountain Mike coming from as far as Maggie Valley, North Carolina to demonstrate and sell his wood carvings. Some were more local, such as the Mooresburg Community Association, who was taking donations for their “Meals in the Mountains” program, a “Meals on Wheels” type program.

Children were playing different games, while some older children were on the basketball court in the plaza adjoining the senior citizens center and city hall. There were bouncy houses and face painting available. Train rides were provided by the Kerebela Shrine Engineers.

A chili cook-off was held at the Harris House.

The stage in front of city hall hosted all kinds of bluegrass and old-time music.

The Grainger County Humane Society was holding an adoption event for different animals.

A “Cruise Around Town” car show was held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It would not be a fall festival without tractors. Andy Larrance won a $60 gift card for bringing his tractor to the festival. The card was sponsored by Farm Bureau.

Official Harvest Pride Festival T-shirts are available for $20. Some proceeds will be donated to Bean Station City Hall.

Quilts and apple butter, two other fall festival staples, were in good supply at the festival.

Activities continue today from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entertainment on the main stage includes Mountain Grace at 1:30 p.m. and Caleb Scearce at 2:15 p.m.

Parking is available on Main Street, Broadway Drive and on either end of the festival in Bean Station.