After an appointment this afternoon we stopped by downtown Alachua and caught the end of the Alachua Harvest Festival.
Busy, Sleepy Town
This was the 77th annual Harvest Festival. Main Street was sectioned off so that only walking traffic was allowed in. The street was lined with vendors, and filled with revelers.
From the website:
Historically, there are over 160 vendors providing everything from handmade quilts to wood carved roses to temporary tatoos and unique jewelry! The Festival encourages artisans to display their hand crafted items.
The afternoon is a warm, friendly venue for local entertainers who keep the crowd singing along all afternoon from two stages. Friends, neighbors, relatives and visitors find themselves smiling and exchanging greetings and ideas. Local service organizations provide child-friendly free activities as they dispense their educational and informational materials.
Scarecrow Row decorates the streetlights all along Main Street and provides a festive fall atmosphere complete with the brisk scent of autumn.
Bounce House Row
My favorite thing at the festival was the large selection of bounce houses. Rounding a corner at the end of Main Street, I saw three or four large & colorful inflated things: a standard blow-up castle, a caterpillar that kids entered through it’s mouth, a tall slide, and something that looked a little like Legos.
The sight made me wish that I came in under the weight limit so I could tear off my shoes and join in the fun.
Two Stages on Main Street hosted the music all afternoon, bands included:
Alley Cats – Emmet Carlisle – County Road – Santa Fe jazz Band – Jana Horton