Harvest Festival provides experiences and colorful content for social media posts


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There is fun for all ages at the Harvest Festival.

photo by Darrell Woehler

Never underestimate the power of cute.

The Viera Voice Scarecrow Stroll & Harvest Festival promises to blow up Facebook once again from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at The Avenue Viera. 

Harmony Farms donated actual saddles for the hay bales, which make for even more totes adorbs photos of cute kids riding horsey hay bales. The attraction is an unexplainable thrill to children in light of the fact it does not have a screen or require Wi-Fi.

Perhaps topping the totes adorbs chart is the medical clinic for dollies and teddy bears staffed by real medical professionals of presenting sponsor Wuesthoff Health System, see page 5. So sweet it will make your teeth hurt.

And speaking of sweets, dress up the kids for trick or treating and participating stores will give a treat, sponsored by event presenting sponsor The Avenue Viera. Wear a costume and you could win a prize for best dressed at the festival.

Pizza Gallery & Grill is sponsoring the Viera Voice signature event, the Zucchini 500. Youngsters can pick out an actual aerodynamic green squash, decorate it and race it down a race track.

Tequila Azul restaurant is sponsoring the Pumpkin Patch, where children can decorate and take away a mini pumpkin. Face painting, giveaways and more are in store.

The event provides an intentional mix of things to see and do, the perfect combination to compete against Xbox One.

“We think it is really important to give families something to do together to make memories,” said Jill Blue-Gaines, publisher of Viera Voice and herself a mom to a tech-loving child.

“So you'll see lots of color, lots of exciting things you'll want to snap with your smart phone and post on social media. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. But have fun experiencing activities and the great outdoors while you're at it.”

The main event is the Scarecrow Stroll at the festival, with 36-plus artistic, creative scarecrows vying for a $500 best of show prize. The unique creations make for great Instagram selfies and you can take home your favorite in a silent auction to benefit Nana's House children's charity. And underscoring the main event is live music performed by festival favorite headliner Penny Creek Band. The toe-tapping bluegrass tunes will inspire video clips of twirling toddlers for your YouTube posting pleasure.

For more information, see the pull-out ballot and ads in this issue, go to VieraVoice.com/scarecrow-stroll or call 321-242-1235.

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