Chetek’s annual autumnal affair, Harvest Fest, is on Saturday, Sept. 14, with craft and art fairs, chili and pie contests, a garden tractor pull and more.
It is organized by the Chetek Area Chamber of Commerce.
A pancake breakfast will be at The Center, at 711 First St., from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. It is hosted by the Chetek Senior Citizens Inc. Cost is $5 or $2 for kids 5 years and younger.
The street craft show, flea market and farmers market is at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on east Knapp and Moore streets. They will be closed to vehicle traffic. As many as 40 vendors come to the event, said Harvest Fest organizer Terry Warren. For vendors, it is $25 per space, which measures 12 by 16 feet. Spots are available and vendors can call to sign up through Thursday, Sept. 12.
Boy Scout Troop 29 will be selling and serving a chicken dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Main Street Park, at 624 Second St.
The Chetek Area Museum will hold a 40th anniversary celebration with an ice cream and popcorn social from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Harvest Fest chili and pie contests are from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the courtyard in front of Hope & Anchor Coffeehouse. People are welcome to sample the pies and chili during this time. To cast a vote, it is $1 for the chili contest and $1 for the pie contest.
Contestants should be there by 10:30 a.m. Cooks should bring a standard-size (6-quart) size Crock Pot with ingredients sized to fit in 1-ounce sample cups. Bakers should bring two pies of the same variety. Servers, utensils and sample cups will be provided by Harvest Fest. There is no cost to enter a pie or chili.
Winners will be announced and awards will be given at 1 p.m. at the courtyard. Trophies will be given to the top pie and chili, as decided by judges and popular vote.
At 2 p.m. will be a garden tractor pull, hosted by the Dairyland Garden Tractor Pullers. Described as “not your grandpa’s lawn mower,” this tractor pull features stock models to custom-built V-8 minirods. Anyone is welcome to bring their lawn tractor to pull. Rules and entry fees can be found at www.dgtp.org.
Concessions will be sold by the Chamber at the garden tractor pull. Grilled brats, grilled hot dogs, pretzel bites and chips will be for sale.
A bounce house, sponsored by the Chetek Police Department, will be at the city ballpark from 2–6 p.m.
The kids’ sawdust money hunt will be at 3 p.m. at the city ball park. Coins will be hidden in piles of sawdust for kids to find. Groups of kids will be split based on age.