Harvest Home Weekend: Lots of Fun Starting with 5K
The Second Annual St. Alphonsus Harvest Home 5K Twilight Run/Walk begins at 6:30 p.m. at Harmar Pavilion (across from Pie Traynor Field). A One-Mile Kids’ Fun Run starts at 6 p.m. in the same location.
The 5K is the start of a weekend of activities at St. Alphonsus Church and Blessed Francis Seelos Academy at 201 Church Road in Wexford (Pine Township).
On Saturday, Sept. 9, festival games — Pig Race, Gator Alley, Super Shot and Emoji Launch, to name a few — will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages will be on sale.
Sunday’s festivities (Sept. 10) include the traditional Harvest Home dinner that features homemade dishes with farm-to-table produce from Wexford Farms, Soergel Orchards, Shenot Farm & Market, and Eichner’s Family Farm Market.
It is served from 1 to 6 p.m. in the school’s Ryan Center. Diners get an entrée choice of pulled pork, charcoal-grilled half chicken or Harvest Home Ham. Side dishes include mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, corn, coleslaw, cucumber salad, tomato salad and applesauce. Rolls, a slice of pie and beverages are included. The dine-in cost is $11 for adults and $6 for children. Takeout meals cost $12.
The Harvest Home tradition goes back to 1889 when local farmers donated their crops and prepared a hearty meal to raise funds for St. Alphonsus Church and its new school. Now the event has expanded to include these Sunday festival activities:
- Festival Games — Pig Race, Jumbo Plus Pic, Crazy Colors, Slingshot, Gator Alley, Super Shot, Under the Sea, Boom Blaster, Shopkins / Paw Patrol Wheel, Emoji Launch. Each game costs 50 cents to $2 per play.
- “Selfie Scene” — Our gymnasium located under the west end of the church will be transformed with fun backdrops where you can take photos! Here are our backdrop themes: Harvest Home, Paw Patrol, Disney Princesses, Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Turtles, Dory, Tie Dye, Cityscape/Taxi Ride, Dinosaurs, Jungle, Pirates, Hot Air Balloon, Under the Sea/ Submarine, Minions, Sitting in the Park.
The admission fee: 50 cents for ages 6-13, $1 for ages 14 and up. Admission for children ages 5 and under is free.
Country Store with refurbished furniture, crafts, fresh produce, homemade baked goods and a hodgepodge of previously owned items.
- Chinese Auction with dozens of themed baskets. Ticket prices are $1 for 1 ticket, $12 for 15 tickets, $20 for 25 tickets, $35 for 50 tickets, and $50 for 100 tickets.
- Bonanza Raffle — First prize is $4,000, second prize is $1,000 and third prize is $750. Tickets are available in the parish office and they’ll be on sale at the festival on Sunday. Drawing for winner will be at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets sell for $2 each or 11 for $20.
- Festival foods – cotton candy, popcorn, mini funnel cakes, hot dogs and fries. Moe’s Southwest Grill will be selling food too with proceeds going to St. Alphonsus.
Parking — Off-site parking with a shuttle will be available at the Pine Center on Route 19, just south of St. Alphonsus. Visitors should park in the lower, rear lot off Bonnie View Drive. The shuttle will run every 20 minutes from 1:30 until 6 p.m.