Hanover Harvest Festival arrives Saturday, Aug. 2 for its 10th year of celebration, including a parade, the coronation of Miss Hanover and the annual kids fun run.
Here’s a look at all of the things to see and do at this year’s events.
Kick off the day with the annual Harvest Festival 5K race, which is open now to registration. Sign-ups will also be taken the day of the race, with the starting gun sounding at 8:30 a.m. For details on the course, including a map, and where the race starts, check out the 5K Race section of the website here.
Also Saturday morning, in conjunction with the 5K is the annual Hanover Harvest Festival Fun Run. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Saturday at the 5K line, or at 9 a.m. under the tent at BankWest. The run itself starts at 10 a.m. at Bankwest and is just 10 bucks.
Everyone loves a parade, and the HHF Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Floats will line up at the Industrial Park around 10 a.m. (a registration form can be found on the HHF site) and the route will follow along Meander, 8th Street, Riverview Road (the longest stretch) and Church Street before ending near the intersection of County roads 19 and 20 at BankWest.
The HHF Car Show, sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts, will be held in the lot north of the fire station on Fifth Street and County Road 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will also feature a special awards presentation at 2 p.m. Awards will includeBest of Show, Best Exhibit and Fop Five prizes for Antique/Classic cars and trucks.
The day will include a visit from the Memorial Blood Mobile, a KRWC Road Show broadcast, demonstrations in Settlers Park and the annual talent show.
The Talent Show rocks the park from noon to 2 p.m., and registration can be made up to Saturday. Every sort of talent is welcome. Prizes include gift cards from Cherry Berry and the River Inn, as well as cash!
One of the afternoon’s highlights is the fifth annual Miss Hanover Coronation program. The four candidates for Miss Hanover and Hanover Princess will take the stage at 3 p.m. on the main stage at Settlers Park.
Saturday Night in the Park
Music takes over the main stage from 4:30 to 10 p.m. with Sheltered Reality drumline, Interstate Junction (rock) and The Elements (classic rock) all taking their turn in Settlers Park.
Then, it’s time for the “Belle of the Ball” with the Saturday night fireworks show, which will start shortly before 10 p.m. as The Elements close down their set.
After the fireworks, Davina and the Vagabonds take the stage for a show that will run from 10:15 or so until the festival closes down.
The day also includes plenty of food, a marketplace area, activities in the park and special promotions from area businesses around Hanover.