44th annual Harvest Festival slated for Saturday

Attendees at the 2019 Harvest Festival in downtown Yadkinville.

The Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival finally makes its 44th debut. The festival, which organizers say has been a highlight of the fall season around Yadkinville since 1976, witnessed its first ever cancellation in 2020, and the return of the regular festivities is sure to be sweet. This year the festival will be held on Elm and Jackson Street in downtown Yadkinville on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and will feature over 70 vendors with an array of fares.

The town will close Elm street and celebrate all that is good in Yadkin County from agriculture to local couture and more. Over the years, the festival has grown and evolved, meaning there is something for everyone who attends. An array of vendors are slated to line the streets. Sumptuous food offerings will tempt the hungry. This year will showcase all local bands performing on the Plaza Stage located outside of the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center featuring: None of the Above, Blues Deville, and Big Daddy Mojo.

Festivities also include Inflatables by Fun Time Inflatables, face painting, as well as caricature drawings. This is not a ticketed event, cash is recommended in order to participate in all the fun and support all of Yadkin County’s local artisans.

Ahead of the festivities, a special ceremony will take place in the Yadkin Arts Councils Willingham Theater to honor the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. This event will feature speaker First Officer Steve Scheibner, the American Airline pilot originally scheduled to fly Flight 11 on Sept. 11, 2001.

“By marking the 20th anniversary, the community is playing an important role in memorializing those who were killed, honoring the sacrifices of the first responders, and recapturing the spirit of service and community that emerged in the aftermath of 9/11,” organizers said.

The Yadkin Arts Council’s 44th Annual Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival is made possible by numerous sponsors including presenting sponsors: Unifi, Indera Mills, Lomar Enterprise Inc. & Allen and Associates; platinum sponsor: Ireland Insurance; gold sponsors: First National Bank, and Yadkin Vision Center; silver sponsors: Countryside RV, Skyline National Bank; bronze sponsor: Edward Jones; and tent sponsor: Gentry Family Funeral Services.

For a full schedule and list of event vendors see the special section inserted in this week’s paper.