Harvest Festival celebrates country fall traditions

  • Monday, September 30, 2013

Long ago, Southern families would gather each autumn to celebrate season’s bountiful harvest with feasting, music, games and fun. Today, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission revitalizes that tradition each year at John’s Island’s beautiful Mullet Hall Equestrian Center. Celebrate with bluegrass, barbeque and lots of down-home fun at the 12th Annual Harvest Festival, on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The festival’s barbeque cookoff will return for its second year. Visitors to the festival will be able to sample portions of barbeque prepared by participating local restaurants for $1 each (3-ounce sample), and then vote on their favorite. The Best Barbeque award will be presented to the winning restaurant on site at 4 p.m.

While at the festival, attendees will also enjoy some foot-stompin’ live bluegrass music from five local bluegrass bands. There is plenty to keep the kiddies occupied including hay rides, a stick pony corral, pumpkin decorating, penny diving, lasso demonstrations, crafts and more.

There will also be plenty of other Southern foods for sale like roasted boiled peanuts, kettle korn and traditional favorite festival fare. Plus, there will be icy-cold beverages available for purchase. After feasting and dancing, it’s time for a stop at the festival crafters’ market to get a jump on holiday shopping. Enjoy a local farmer’s market on site, as well as equestrian and model airplane demos.

As part of the annual Harvest Festival, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center offers the Harvest Festival Weekend Trail Ride for horse owners Nov. 1–3. Equestrians are invited to bring camping gear and supplies for two nights of camping and trail riding on 20 miles of beautiful, wooded trails at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center. For more information or to register, call 843-795-4386 or visit www.ccprc.com.

Harvest Festival 2013 takes place on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Johns Island. Owned by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC). Mullet Hall Equestrian Center is located at Johns Island County Park, 2662 Mullet Hall Rd. Admission is $8 per person. Kids 12 and under and CCPRC Gold Pass holders are admitted free. Food and barbeque are available for an additional fee. For more information, please call 795-4386 or visit www.ccprc.com/harvest. Brought to you by Southern Eagle Distributing and your Charleston County Parks.

Music schedule

• Noon: Roger Bellow and the Drifting Troubadours

• 1 p.m.: Flatt City

• 2 p.m.: Blue Plantation

• 3 p.m.: Yeehaw Junction

• 4 p.m.: Blue Stone Ramblers

Visit www.ccprc.com/harvest for updates.

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