By Colleen Sparks
Children can toss small pumpkins through holes, while their parents stuff their faces in pie-eating contests during the annual Arizona Harvest Fest and Farmers Market in downtown Chandler.
But the activities won’t end there at the event, which is set for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, November 12, at Dr. AJ Chandler Park. Vendors will sell jewelry, woodwork, candles, lotions, T-shirts, antique trains and other goods.
“We’re going to have a cake walk, a corn-shucking contest,” says Jen Pruett, public relations director at HDE Agency which is hosting the event in partnership with Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. “I kept referencing back to those fall festivals when you were a kid in school. I think it’s going to be a really good time.”
HDE Agency produces five other events at Dr. AJ Chandler Park.
“We love working with the downtown Chandler community,” Pruett says. “We’re really close with the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. Every single year our festivals grow, and that’s just a testament to not only us continuing to refine our crafts but also the growing population out there.”
Last year at the first Harvest Fest, about 3,000 people came and organizers hope to have 5,000 visitors this time.
People can play cornhole and watch the many live bands perform. Groups Pick & Holler, Ken Levine Band, Blues Man Mike, Black Bottom Lighters and Good Rust will hit the stage.
Besides the kids’ activities and fall beers for sale, Harvest Fest will expand its shopping choices this fall. More than 100 artisan vendors will sell a variety of items for children and adults including gardening boxes, essential oils, alcohol-infused cupcakes, oil paintings and glasswork.
“By November 12, people are going to be in holiday shopping mode,” Pruett said. “It’s going to be like a huge holiday market. Get all your shopping done.”