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September 13, 2011 > Harvest Festival(r) comes to fairgrounds

Harvest Festival(r) comes to fairgrounds

Submitted By Liz Stigge-Rosinski

The Harvest Festival, coming soon to the Alameda County Fairgrounds, is known as a shopping venue, boasting an eclectic array of gifts and handmade items, but visitors will find that there is a lot more at this event. A revamped entertainment line-up will feature a myriad of new acts sure to appeal to almost everyone in the family. Those who prefer an upbeat and lively sound will be on their feet for the Bad Catz. Based out of the greater Sacramento area, Bad Catz is an established band that features Rock and Rhythm and Blues music.

Also, Rock and Roll sounds of the Fargo Brothers will be heard on the main stage. Since 1979, these four seasoned professionals have entertained audiences throughout the nation in over 3,000 live shows. They deliver a brand of roots Rock and Roll with a fire and intensity that only three decades of playing together can bring. Known for their vocal harmonies and tight ensemble playing, the Fargo Brothers' sets are always a crowd favorite.

And of course, no Harvest Festival is complete without strolling entertainers like WC Willy, wranglin' all the kids in his cowboy costume and meandering through the aisles on gigantic stilts. Additional strolling performers include Derek the Mime, Big Mama Sue and Fast Eddie, and new act, comedic juggler Derek Gunter.

A special Scrapbooking 'Shop and Crop' feature in the Hall of Commerce building is a new addition to the festival. Die-hard scrapbook fans will have the rare opportunity to purchase their own table space and spend the day scrapbooking, shopping and even staying late into the evening to work on their scrapbooks, win prizes and socialize with friends in a lively atmosphere. The new interactive feature will run Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Harvest Festivals began 39 years ago in San Francisco as a destination for artists and craftspeople to gather and have a forum to sell their handmade products. Today, the show has grown to encompass nine shows in California and Nevada and still continues its tradition by only featuring arts and crafts made in the United States. Each exhibitor is subject to a rigid jury process to be selected as a featured artisan, ensuring a rich diversity and high quality of all products sold.

The festival boasts over 24,000 handmade arts and crafts, including jewelry, woodturnings, art and photography, specialty foods, clothing, decor and more. Attendees can interact directly with vendors, watch artist demonstrations, taste delicious foods and enter to win amazing prizes, such as the grand prize Americana quilt. Don't miss the chance to start the fall off with a bang and shop in style at the Pleasanton Harvest Festival(r).

To help aid the community, the Harvest Festival(r) is offering a $2 discount coupon to anyone who brings a non-perishable donation to benefit the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

Harvest Festival
Friday, Sept 16 - Sunday, Sept 18
Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton
(800) 346-1212
Tickets: adults $9, seniors (62+) $7, youth (13-17) $4, 12 and under free
(Tickets valid for re-entry all weekend)

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