Harvest Festival full of fun for everyone


Princess Poppy built by Autumn House took home the Popular Vote and First Prize Artistic vote.

Darrell Woehler

Temperatures in the 80s made it seem more like summer than fall, but the happy children lining up for the Zucchini 500 races were a sure sign that fall had arrived at the sixth annual Viera Voice Harvest Festival at The Avenue Viera.

Scarecrows were lined up against a modified white picket fence in the middle of the parking lot which became an autumnal paradise with a pumpkin patch, hay bales, face painting and business booths boasting scarecrows with humorous links to their various businesses.

Within the white fence adorned with the scarecrows on the outside were the gravestones of those from Halloween past.

The Penny Creek Band, an annual fixture at the Harvest Festival, entertained everyone with their toe-tapping array of bluegrass musical hits.

Scarecrows were auctioned off to help The Children’s Hunger Project. The group helps feed children each weekend through its backpack program.

The SPCA of Brevard also was able to find homes for two cats. No dogs were adopted, but children and adults alike stopped by to give the dogs, who were resting next to hay bales, a pat on the head or a stroke under the chin.

Jason Kapusta won the Adult Costume Contest dressed as Minecraft Steve. Amy Pederson, dressed as a Hogwarts student, finished second.

In the Mini-Crow Contest in the 6- to 9-year-old division, Phoebe Pederson's Peeves Crow was the winner. Kahlan Pederson's Spike finished second.

In the Mini-Crow’s 10-and- older division, Gilliam Borgas' Mr. Pirate won the competition. Kiley Dwenger's  Save the Lagoon finished second, and Payton Dwenger's Chicago Cubs Crow was third.

Anthony Uminn was the Stroll Winner as he went to all of the local businesses to identify each of the Scarecrows before the Harvest Festival.

Briana Bjerke was second, and Kiley Dwenger was third.

Prizes varied from two round-trip tickets to Bimini, $300 in passes to Sky Zone and a pizza party for 20 at Viera Pizza. 

Harvest Fest photo gallery: http://www.vieravoice.com/Galleries/index.php/gallery/888/