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Join the planning of this year’s Harvest Festival


The Seminole County Harvest Festival is set for Saturday, October 20 in downtown Donalsonville. A packed room of volunteers attended last Thursday’s initial planning meeting to get the process of organizing the event in motion. In addition to bringing back the Harvest theme to the festival the event plans to stage an antique tractor and farm implement show and bring back the always popular in the past recipe contest. The third Saturday in October event will also feature a variety of food  and arts and crafts vendors, a parade, entertainment, a fine arts show, kids games and more. All of the area bands invited to attend the Seminole County Green Machine’s annual BandJam, to be held in the evening of October 20, are invited to be a part of the parade. Churches, individuals and groups and organizations of all sizes are invited to get into the spirit of the harvest season and place an entry in the parade.

The next planning meeting for the festival will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 13 at the chamber’s office on Second Street.  Additional details will be made available after that meeting. All interested persons are invited to attend the meeting, join the planning committee, enter the parade, or become a sponsor or vendor – call the chamber at 229-524-2588. Sponsors of the festival at presstime include the Donalsonville Lions CLub, APGG, Georgia Power, First Port City Bank and Tim Smith and Associates.

New creations sought for festival’s fine arts show 

Plans are also being finalized for the third annual Fall Fine Arts Show scheduled to open on the day of the Harvest Festival, Saturday, October 20 in the historic firehouse complex on Woolfork Avenue. And again, just like last year, the show will not close when the festival ends. Art will remain on display and the show will be open for viewing to the public during a pre-set Fall schedule through December 1.

The show and sale will feature the works of local artists in Seminole County and surrounding counties in the categories of paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and mixed media. Each category will be judged in the adult division – 18 and older and children division – ages 12-17 and 11 and under. Special awards will be given for best of show, peoples’ choice and best harvest-related themed entry. All local artists are encouraged to participate.

The deadline for submission of applications to be in the show is October 5. Applications and rules and regulations are available at the Donalsonville-Seminole County Chamber of Commerce located at 122 East Second Street and at the Donalsonville News on Cherry Street in downtown Donalsonville.

For additional information contact the chamber at 229-524-2588 or David Maxwell at the Donalsonville News at 229-524-2343 or

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