Harvest Fest in Chetek is Saturday, Sept. 11, with a farmers market, art and craft fair, food stands, kids activities and a garden tractor pull. The event is hosted by the Chetek Chamber of Commerce.
“It should be a beautiful weekend and there will be lots of vendors and a lot of food,” said Jennifer Blatz, Harvest Fest organizer.
As of Tuesday, Sept. 7, 40 vendors had signed up for the farmers market and art and craft fair, Blatz said. Interested vendors should contact Blatz by Friday, Sept. 10, to sign up for a 12-by-16-foot space for a fee of $30. Blatz can be reached at 715-642-0173. The farmers market and craft fair runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Knapp and Moore streets, between First and Second streets. It will be open to foot traffic and closed to vehicle traffic.
Also from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be several food stands. The Chetek Youth Center will sell hot dogs, chips, soda and candy. The Chetek Knights of Columbus will be selling pulled pork sandwiches with a pickle spear, chips and a drink. The Chetek Scout Troop 29 will be selling a chicken dinner with potato salad, a roll, beans, a brownie and a drink.
A Harvest Fest bake sale will be held at The Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with coffee, pie cookies and other goods for sale. Proceeds will support the Chetek Senior Citizens Inc., and scholarships and other organizations the group supports.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Chetek Area Museum will serve ice cream and popcorn. The museum will be open from 12–3 p.m.
The Dairyland Garden Tractor Pullers will host a garden tractor pull at 12 p.m. on First Street near the city ball park and Kwik Trip. Ear protection is recommended. The Chamber will sell beer and food at the garden tractor pull.
The Chetek Police Department is sponsoring a bounce house for kids at the ball park from 12–4 p.m. The Chamber will host a kids sawdust coin hunt at 3 p.m. at the ball park.
Blatz said there will not be a pie and chili contest at 1 p.m. this year, due to lack of volunteers. It could return if volunteers are found to run it.
Family movie night
The Chetek Youth Center invites kids and families to a free movie showing at the youth center, 106 Knapp St., on Saturday night, Sept. 11, in conjunction with Harvest Fest.
After sunset, a kid-friendly movie will be shown in the street on a large, inflatable movie screen, courtesy of the Chetek Chamber of Commerce. The event will run about two hours and is free to attend. Bring your own lawn chair.
There will be concessions, candy, soda and pizza sold. Knapp Street, between First and Second streets, will be closed to traffic during this time.