Bay Harvest Festival is this month

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The City of Bay is gearing up for the 2017 Harvest Festival. With a newly formed festival committee, a new date, and loads of new vendors, the goal is to ignite record attendance with a jam-packed, non-stop action event for the whole family to enjoy.

"We started planning in January to make sure we would have adequate time to focus on this event and make it truly successful for our community," said Keith Milam, who is helping spearhead the planning committee.

Festivites will kick off Saturday, Sept. 9, with the Miss Harvest Festival Pageant, which will begin at 2 p.m. in the Bay School cafeteria. Entry fee for contestants is $45. Additional categories, including Most Photogenic, Best Dressed, and Most Beautiful, can be entered for $10 each. More information can be found by searching for the Miss Harvest Festival Pageant on Facebook or by emailing bayharvestfestivalpageant@gmail.com.

The highly anticipated annual fish fry will take place at 5 p.m. (until it's gone) on Friday, Sept. 22, in the school cafeteria. Dinner will consist of a three-piece fish or chicken plate with fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, pickles, and a chocolate chip cookie with a choice of tea, coffee, or punch to drink. Cost is $12 for adults and $3 for children 12-years-old and under.

Saturday, Sept. 23, is the main event. A wide variety of food and business vendors will be on hand throughout the day, as well as local churches and school groups who will be fundraising for various causes.

Multiple raffles and silent auctions will also occur throughout the event. The local senior citizens center will be conducting their annual bake sale as well. This is their only fundraiser for the year, and festival attendants are always excited to enjoy some home-baked goods.

To keep the children busy, there will also be a Kid Zone available that will include a GameTruck as well as multiple inflatables. A $10 armband will give kids all-day access to the fun!

The schedule of events is as follows:

*7 a.m.--Pancake breakfast at Bay First Baptist Church, 200 Central Ave.

*9 a.m.--Parade line up near Yellowjacket Dr. and School St. ($10 participation fee required.)

*9:30 a.m.--Opening ceremony (Main Stage)

*10 a.m.--Parade

*11 a.m.--Vikki McGee Band (City Stage)

*12:30 p.m.--Crossroads (Gospel Group)

*1 p.m.--JR Rogers and the Allstars (Main Stage)

*3 p.m.--Open mic karaoke/DJ Keith Palsgrove (City/Main Stage)

*5 p.m.--Dillan Cate Band (Main Stage)

*7 p.m.--Greasy Tree (Main Stage)

Festival events are estimated to end around 10 p.m. depending on crowd size.

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