A local rite of fall for a decade, the Viera Harvest Festival and the Scarecrow Stroll are back after a COVID-created hiatus.
The Viera Voice and its parent company, Bluewater Creative Group, launched the celebration of autumn’s arrival in 2011. But for the 2021 iteration, the Viera Community Institute is stepping in to orchestrate the festival, while the Viera Voice continues to organize the popular Scarecrow Stroll.
“Viera’s Harvest Festival and Viera Voice’s Scarecrow Stroll bring unique opportunities for attendees to make memories with family and friends and celebrate our community,” said Laurie Widzgowski, the marketing and event coordinator for The Viera Company and the Viera Community Institute.
Additional changes are in store as the Oct. 16 event moves from its original location at The Avenue Viera to its new home at Viera Regional Park at 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way.
“I’m envisioning a bit of a different look and feel,” Widzgowski said.
The location at The Avenue could not accommodate food trucks, which will have a significant presence at this year’s Festival, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Vendors and crafters will be there, too.
No self-respecting Harvest Festival would fail to include a Pumpkin Patch, and Viera’s is no exception. In addition to this perfect photo opportunity for the season, the Festival will host several other pumpkin-intensive events, including a pumpkin carving competition and even the Pumpkin Chuckin’ Contest, sure to be a favorite with younger throwers.
“We have some great activities planned for the children,” Widzgowski added.
An abundance of Kodak moments are in store for families to snap photographic souvenirs of the day. Also expect plenty of live music, plus a DJ.
Since this is an event celebrating the bounty of the land, farmers and their harvests will be in attendance. Although cowboys are not usually associated with these types of events, they will attend the Viera Harvest Festival, and they certainly belong. The former Duda ranch, the land that now houses thousands of families, was once the home to Florida cattle and the Cracker cowpunchers that kept them in line.
The day will be jam-packed with activities, games and arts and crafts for the younger members of the family.
The Scarecrow Stroll welcomes imaginative entries in the Children’s Mini-Crow category, as well as in the Adult and Family Scarecrow and Business Scarecrow divisions. Attendees will vote for top ’crows and winners will be announced during the event.
More than 2,000 people are expected to celebrate autumn’s cozy comforts after a long hot summer at the Viera Harvest Festival. Plan to join them.
For more information on the Viera Harvest Festival, go to viera.com.
For entry details on the Scarecrow Stroll visit vieravoice.com/scarecrow_stroll.