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50 Faces of Harvest Homecoming

There’s so much to love about the New Albany festival

PHOTOGRAPHED & COMPILED BY JENNIFER MCNELLY, REMY SISK, JOSE APONTE AND ANGIE FENTON

In honor of Harvest Homecoming’s 50th anniversary, the Extol Team hit the streets and asked 50 community members what they think makes the New Albany festival so special and why it continues to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors year after year.


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-42-55-pm“The food is awesome – the doughnuts of course are wonderful. And then it’s also great for my store [Colokial Boutique] too because it brings so many people downtown and shows them a side of New Albany that they maybe haven’t seen before.”

ALI GUESS

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-43-00-pm“The most interesting thing about Harvest Homecoming is that it attracts people from all over the county. Almost everybody you know will be there at some point, and when the weather’s nice especially, it’s like a great big old-fashioned town reunion.”

BOB SISK

Clarksville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-43-10-pm“It reminds me so much of fall, and in Vegas, where I moved from, there’s not really ‘fall’ – it’s just another time of the year really. But really I just love community – I love people a lot – and the community and hospitality around here is awesome, so it’s really exciting that Harvest Homecoming represents that – that we’re able to come together as this little town and be friends!”

KIMBERLY PAVAN

Jeffersonville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-43-33-pm“I’ve been coming to Harvest Homecoming for years, at least 20. I love all the food! I’m a food man.”

JEFF THOMPSON

Louisville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-43-17-pm“I’ve been going for at least 10 years and I always enjoy the doughnuts.” “I am a big fan of Halloween and Harvest Homecoming is the kick off for me.”

JOHN MCILVOY

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-43-41-pm“We try to schedule it through work so we can all come down here together – we’re like a little posse and we all just walk down and enjoy the atmosphere! And then we see people who we know, of course, and then we’re back in the evenings. Also, I think with New Albany, as it’s growing, Harvest Homecoming is just one of those things that brings people together – it really is a true homecoming.”

DENEEN JORDAN

Memphis


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-44-02-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming for 15 years now and I go for the chicken and dumplings, it’s the first thing I get when they first open up.”

DONNY YOUNG

Louisville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-44-11-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming for at least 40 years. I really enjoy the baking contest. I won 1st place five times, and last year, two of my granddaughters won 1st and 2nd place. It’s very exciting!”

CAROLYN WATSON

Georgetown


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-44-23-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming for about eight years and the only reasons I go is for the Boy Scout grilled corn, the Bella Roma pasta and fried Snickers.”

EMILY BROWN

Floyd Knobs


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-44-29-pm“I’ve been coming to Harvest Homecoming for as long as I can remember, at least 45 years. I love seeing all the people that keep coming back every year.”

TIM KRON

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-44-37-pm“I’ve been to Harvest Homecoming one year. I loved meeting people and the food – it’s so good!”

JEANNIE ROBINSON

Louisville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-44-47-pm“I have never been to Harvest Homecoming but I have heard about it. I have lots of friends going.”

BRYCE MOORE

Greenville


 

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-45-47-pm“I’ve been coming to Harvest Homecoming for at least 10 years. I love the food and all the live entertainment. It’s really fun.”

NATE BYNUM

Jeffersonville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-45-52-pm“This is my first time coming to Harvest Homecoming. I just moved here from Bloomington because I heard it was so good! I can’t wait to try the chicken and dumplings, everyone says they are the best!”

MIKE PRICE

Jeffersonville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-45-57-pm“I have been volunteering for 12 years with the festival and became a member six years ago. Now that we are a 501c3, we can give away more money and more scholarships, be able to help more students achieve their dreams of going to college, raise more money for the Crusade for Children – helping our community, that’s what we’re all about.”

DREW JONES

Harvest Homecoming President-Elect 2018-2019


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-01-pm“I’ve been coming to Harvest Homecoming most of my life, at least 20 years. I love the food. I get the gyros every year!”

ZACH WOODARD

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-06-pm“This will be my first year coming to Harvest Homecoming and I’m really looking forward to the parade!”

MARGO MORGAN

Jeffersonville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-21-pm“Been going since the 80’s and I have always enjoyed the concerts down by the river.”

JASON MCCARTHY

Clarksville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-16-pm“I love everything about it. I love to see all the neat crafts and the different things that people are selling. Obviously food is number one – always love to get the dumplings. But it really speaks volumes to our city. It shows that we all come together and everyone enjoys it. My kids – they’re 9, 6 and 3 – my younger kids love the rides, and as they get older, they start to enjoy the food as well as the rides and facepainting. Meanwhile, me as an adult, I love to see old friends I haven’t seen in years.”

STEPHANIE FORTNER

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-24-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming on and off for 25 years and I always love the concerts they have.” “I love the music and I also get to see people I haven’t seen in years.”

FRANKIE MOLET

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-29-pm“This will be my second year and I think it’s a great thing for the community.”There is always a very diverse crowd and it brings a lot of foot traffic to the area.”

REECEE FROM UNDERGROUND CLASSIC CUTS

Louisville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-34-pm“This will be my second time returning to Harvest Homecoming. I loved the kettle corn and the corn on the cob.”

TAMARA MEANS

Louisville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-40-pm“I’ve been going on and off since 2010 and I most look forward to the craft booths.”

BRI SMITH

Louisville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-58-pm“I love the parade – all the different floats. It’s so fun to see the different ways people decorate their floats, and it’s always exciting to see the different themes that people come up with. I think it really shows off the creativity of the community.”

RILEY SMITH

Flodys Knobs


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-55-pm“I’ve been attending for around 25 years and I always look forward to the rolled oysters.”

STEVE ROBINS

Martinsburg


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-47-11-pm“I’ve gone to Harvest on and off with my dad since I was two years old, and we would always get the pumpkin rolls.”

LILY BARNETT

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-47-19-pm“Harvest to me is the three Fs: family, fun and friends. I’ll tell you what, the friends are the (festival) vice presidents here who take care of things and do a very, very fine job.”

BRADLEY NEEDHAM

Harvest Homecoming President 2016-2017


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-47-23-pm“I have been going to Harvest Homecoming for just a few years and I always look forward to the animal booths.”

KELSEY ELLIOT

Jeffersonville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-47-35-pm“It brings so much money into downtown New Albany, which does so much for small local businesses. And then so many people who haven’t been around here can see what’s coming up over here – restaurants, places they may want to come back and visit – or they might see somewhere for sale and want to start a new business over here.”

SUMMER SIEG

Corydon


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-47-40-pm“Harvest means community to me, it means fellowship with local residents and vendors and it means ringing in the fall season. I started helping my grandfather sell pins when I was only four years old. … Right now, we have between 200 and 300 volunteers, and with the festival expanding and adding events, we’d really like to increase that number. … We are an organization that is all about being inclusive. We want people from (all walks of life, ages and beliefs). That’s what’s going to make Harvest Homecoming stronger going into the next several years and will allow the festival to be around for another 50 years”

HALEY MATHENY

Vice President of Volunteerism


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-47-47-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming for 35 years. I just love the community environment and the tradition that surrounds it. The atmosphere is just great.”

ANDY DUGGINS

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-47-59-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming on and off for 10 years. I love the food. The apple dumplings with vanilla ice cream are the best. ”

RICK BYNUM

Jeffersonville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-47-54-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming for 20 years. I love the people.”

TONI THOMPSON

Louisville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-06-pm“Harvest Homecoming means family to me. Not just my own flesh and blood but my HH pals. We have a wonderful time together. We work really hard together, but it’s a great way to spend any extra time that anybody has.”

POLLY NIEMEIER

Harvest Homecoming Vice President & Office Manager


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-22-pm“Oh I’ve been coming to Harvest Homecoming for 20 years or so. I really like helping out my church and decorating their booth. I’m excited about the theme this year!”

AMI JO

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-13-pm“I’ve been coming to Harvest Homecoming for at least 10 years. I love meeting new people and talking to them. When you have a booth, you meet a lot of new people that are really friendly.”

RENEE PFEIFER

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-17-pm“I’ve been to Harvest Homecoming three times. I love bringing my kids. We love the corn and the funnel cake! After the food, we usually go to the fair to ride the rides.”

YOLANDA BAUTISTA

Louisville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-29-pm“Harvest Homecoming is where we [Sweet Stuff Bakery] first started selling the tubs of cake, and it’s since become our biggest advertising event. The tubs just started gaining popularity and we were taking more and more down there. In fact, so many times, I’ll have brides come in from way up north and I’ll ask them how they know about us, and they’ll say, ‘Harvest. We had your cake at Harvest.”

DIANE CHRISTOPHER

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-37-pm“It definitely draws a lot of people to downtown New Albany and brings people from across the river and across Southern Indiana. And it’s set up where all these different business are, and all these businesses offer different things so it puts that in the back of people’s minds as they’re walking around that they might want to come back and check out more of the city.”

RYAN MARSH

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-42-pm“I love the food and the general festive atmosphere. It’s so cool that we have something like that that is so fun but also brings the community together. It says so much about our community, too; it says that we want to get involved and participate and do things together and have fun!”

BRIANNA JACOBI

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-50-pm“It wouldn’t be fall without Harvest Homecoming. … As the executive director of the scholarship pageants, I have the absolute blessing of working with young women every single year and helping them make their way to achieve their dreams on the Miss Indiana stage. A little-known fact, Harvest Homecoming is a local preliminary to the Miss America organization, which allows young women to represent our festival on a national stage.”

CARA ELISE LAWSON

Executive Director of Miss Harvest Homecoming Scholarship Pageants


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-56-pm“New Albany is such a great home to so many people, and Harvest Homecoming really brings out the joy that this town has.”

ALLYSON SEARS

Harvest Homecoming Vice President of the parade and pumpkin decorating and baking contests


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-59-pm“I’ve been to Harvest Homecoming one time and I plan on going this year. I really loved all the different people that show up. For such a small community, you would never have guessed there would be so many different booths.”

ERIN ZEHNER

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-49-03-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming for many years. I really love seeing all the people and how the community comes together.”

KRISTIN KENNEDY

Corydon


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-49-08-pm“It means too much really to put into words. You have the family part of it, you have the community part of it, you have the tradition, and when people come to Harvest once they always want to come back. It’s something that stays with you no matter where you go. People travel from faraway places to come back every year.”

MARY ARNOLD

Harvest Homecoming Vice President of various children events


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-49-13-pm“What I get out of it is the giving back. When we talk about family and community, one of the things that is an important part about in a family and community is what you give. About 30 percent of our booths are nonprofits and a lot of them make their entire budget for the year during Harvest Homecoming and that money then, in turn, gets spent in our community for people who need it.”

BETH WHITE

Harvest Homecoming Vice President of booths


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-49-20-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming for at least 10 years and I always look forward to the chicken and dumplings!”

MICHELLE RYAN

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-49-29-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming for at least 10 years. I love decorating our booth.”

CHRISTIN JOHNSON

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-49-37-pm“Oh I’ve been going since I was a wee one and my most favorite memory was when I was able to represent Goat Milk Stuff in a vendor booth.”

TERRY LYNCH FROM PEARLS ON PEARL

New Albany


 

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Celebrating Harvest Homecoming’s 50th Anniversary | Harvest of Gold

3Compiled by Angie Fenton 

Historical photos courtesy Stuart B. Wrege Indiana History Room | New Albany-Floyd County Public Library 

Photo of Harvest Homecoming mural created by Wilfred Sieg III was taken by Tony Bennett 

Photo of the Harvest Homecoming queens provided by Tyler Zoller Photography 

ON THE NIGHT of Oct. 10, 1967, the community of New Albany debuted its inaugural Pumpkin Festival with a parade. The following weekend, folks gathered downtown to enjoy a farmers market, the sale of pumpkin pie, cider and barbecued chicken, a public square dance, and a battle of the bands. Downtown merchants held a Harvest of Values Square, and the festival culminated with pumpkin growing and decorating and costume contests.

While the initial festival was the creation of the New Albany Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee – founding members included Cora Jacobs, Henry Ramsier and Paul Lipps – today the annual event beckons hundreds of thousands of visitors to what is now known as Harvest Homecoming.

7In its 50th year, Harvest Homecoming is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit and is managed by an all-volunteer board of directors and officers. Bradley Needham is the acting president; David White serves as the board chairman.

In the 1980s, the organization added a souvenir pin program, which helps to support the festival and charitable endeavors. Earlier this year, several officers and longtime volunteers traveled to the Indiana State House for a proclamation celebrating the golden anniversary of Harvest Homecoming.

4This year’s theme – Harvest of Gold – kicks off Oct. 7 with opening ceremonies followed by the parade, which has drawn a number of celebrities as Grand Marshal over the decades, including The Monkees Davy Jones, James Drury of the television western The Virginian, country singer Louise Mandrel and golf champion Fuzzy Zoeller.

Events – many of which are free – vary from the 50-year-old pumpkin decorating and costume contests to the annual Business Luncheon to a dog show and a baby photo contest. And then, of course, there are the booth days, which are Oct. 12 through Oct. 15.

DID YOU KNOW?

8Harvest Homecoming has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships through the “Who Wants to be a College Student” contest.

The festival is a staple for many nonprofits who depend on proceeds from booth sales to ensure they continue to operate.

Crusade for Children is one of several beneficiaries of the festival, which has given thousands of dollars to charity.

Volunteers of all ages are always needed; anyone is welcome to give back and join the Harvest family. Contact Haley Matheny at 812.786.6779 or hmatheny@harvesthomecoming. com for more information.acr472720019896322309296


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-24-26-pmWin A 1967 Ford Mustang!

Want the opportunity to win a vermillion red 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe? Purchase one of only 300 chances to win this 50-year-old car in honor of Harvest Homecoming’s 50th anniversary for $100 per chance by Oct. 15. Proceeds will benefit various Kentuckiana charities. Call Rosie Bryant 502.541.4056 for more information.


MEET THE QUEENS

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TIARRA TAYLOR

2017 Miss Harvest Homecoming

Tiarra Taylor is honored and grateful to be representing her hometown of New Albany as Miss Harvest Homecoming 2017. Tiarra attends Indiana State University as a sophomore majoring in English Teaching. She is excited to advocate for her platform, the YMCA, as more than just a provider of swim and gym services. Along with the goal of encouraging citizens across our great Hoosier state to get involved with their local YMCA, Tiarra is grateful for the opportunity to reach into the heart of her community with the Harvest Homecoming Festival.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-23-30-pmMEG EDWARDS 

2017 Miss HHC’s Outstanding Teen

Meg is both honored and excited to be your 2017 Miss Harvest Homecoming’s Outstanding Teen. She is a 15-year-old sophomore at Floyd Central High School, where she is an athlete and honors student. Meg resides in Indiana’s first capital city, Corydon, with her parents and two younger siblings. She is the founder of her platform, Meg’s Mirror Message. Her mission is for every girl to look in the mirror and love who she sees. She works with her peers in our community, shares her story of having self-confidence issues and introduces journaling as a method of self-help. Meg’s goal is to become the Miss Harvest Homecoming’s Outstanding Teen she always looked up to when she was younger, while also promoting her platform and the Harvest Homecoming Festival during her year of service.


DON’T MISS EVENTS

*This is only a small sampling of events. For a complete list, go to www.harvesthomecoming.com.

SATURDAY, OCT. 7

Opening Ceremonies: 11:30 a.m., Seventh and Spring streets

Kick off the 2017 Harvest Homecoming festival at opening ceremonies. Musical entertainment TBA and will begin at 10:30 am. Stay and watch the annual parade!

Harvest Homecoming Parade: 12 p.m., starts at New Albany High School and ends at Bank and Elm streets

Come experience over-the-top floats, vintage cars, and loud bands with the Harvest of Gold Parade. The parade kicks off at 12 p.m. from New Albany High School, marches down Vincennes Street, takes a right on Spring Street and ends on Bank Street. You can have a front row seat to all the action along any street! The Harvest Homecoming Festival is also a proud supporter of Hope Southern Indiana, so please bring your canned goods to be collected during the parade.

SUNDAY, OCT. 8

Pumpkin Decorating Contest: 2 p.m., New Albany Farmers Market on corner of Bank and Market streets

This is Harvest Homecoming’s oldest event! Group- or individually-prepared pumpkins may be painted or decorated with any material. Craft entries may be ceramic, fiber or maché. No previous year craft entries accepted. There will be two Grand Champion Awards (one from the Individual category and one from the Group category) for the entry most closely related to this year’s theme, “Harvest of Gold.” All entrants receive participation award. This event is free. All pumpkins must be picked up and taken from event. Any leftover pumpkins will be thrown away.

MONDAY, OCT. 9

Kids’ Dog Show: 5 p.m. registration; 5:30 p.m. start time, at New Albany Amphitheater

Open to kids ages 3-13 years old. Dogs must be at least six months old, have all shots and be on a leash or contained. Awards for Best Costume, Best Trick, A Face Only A Mother Could Love, Best Groomed, Best Overall and Most Interesting Pet (this can be any legal, domestic animal; same vaccination and leash/containment rules apply). Entrants can enter maximum of three categories.

TUESDAY, OCT. 10

Pumpkin Chunking Competition: 6 p.m., Purdue Polytechnic New Albany, 3000 Technology Ave.

Watch teams of all ages fire pumpkins from a gravity-powered trebuchet in this high-flying competition. Awards for accuracy, originality and efficiency will be presented. 

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 11 

Senior Bingo: 2:30 p.m., Providence Diversicare Transitional Community, 4915 Charlestown Road

BINGO games for the Senior Living Community of Providence Retirement Home. Prizes awarded to winners. Refreshment will be served and lots of fun will be had by all. 

THURSDAY, OCT. 12 

Craft & Food Booth Days Begin: Booths are open 12 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 14 and 12 to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 on Market, Pearl and Bank streets.

FRIDAY, OCT. 13 

Harvest Homecoming Business Luncheon: Lunch is served 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Sounds Unlimited Productions Party Tent on the New Albany Riverfront

The show will immediately follow lunch and feature a “Little Bit Country, Little Bit Rock & Roll” theme. 

SATURDAY, OCT. 14 

Harvest Homecoming Care & Bike Show: Registration 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; awards at 3:30 p.m., New Albany Riverfront

Admission for entrants is $15. Open to any type of stock, classic, show or race car, antique vehicles, trucks, motorcycles, any model any year. Please enter at West 10th and Main Street and proceed toward the large Yellow Pavilion. DJ Service by Terry Langford. Dash Plaques for first 200 Entries; $100 given away every hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

SUNDAY, OCT. 15 

Closing Ceremonies: 4:15 p.m. at the Harvest Homecoming MainSource Stage, State and Market streets

It’s saying goodbye. Head to the Harvest Homecoming Stage for Closing Ceremonies, prizes drawings, awards and announcements. 

ETC. 

Fiesta Rides open at 1 p.m. at end of Pearl St. and will have daily hours through Oct. 15.

Harvest Homecoming MainSource Stage is located at State and Market Streets and features entertainment Oct. 12 through Oct, 15

Check www.harvesthomecoming.com for complete hours. 


Harvest Homecoming Festival 2017 

Oct. 7-15 in New Albany

www.harvesthomecoming.com

Harvest Homecoming Mission Statement 

Harvest Homecoming is a group of volunteers dedicated to providing a family-oriented festival. It unites the community in a spirit of fellowship and is committed to continuous improvement.

Harvest Homecoming Office 

431 Pearl St. New Albany

Open 12 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

812.944.8572

www.harvesthomecoming.com