Harvest Moon Event Attracts Many Night Owls
PHOTO GALLERY: More than 100 participants entered Eureka's 2011 Harvest Moon Walk & 5K Run. This year's second annual event will be Saturday, Oct. 13. It includes a chili cook-off. Proceeds benefit a variety of local causes.
When Eurekans learned about the Harvest Moon Walk & 5K Run last October, many entered—some from as far away as Nevada. The event was held to benefit The Eureka Project, a grassroots effort to raise funds and plan for a new library to be built in Eureka.
This year's Harvest Moon Festival will be held Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m., in Legion Park. Organizers said it will feature family-friendly activities, vendors, a used book sale, and a chili cook-off from 4-7 p.m.—with prizes.
Again this year, there will be a night run. The kids' run starts at 6 p.m. and the adult 3K/5K run will be at 7 p.m.
The event also will have live music and a pumpkin carver.
Race proceeds will be donated to the Eureka Food Pantry, said Julie Wood, Eureka's economic development director. She said the book sale and chili cook-off are being hosted by the Wednesday Club, with those proceeds being donated to various causes championed by the club: Eureka High School scholarships, the Route 66 Senior Center and the USO in memory of Riley Baker.
Tickets are $6 for general admission; children 5 years and younger are $2. A general admission four-pack can be bought for $18.
Here's the hourly schedule for the event:
|2:00 - 9:00 p.m.||Vendors Open|
|2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Harvest Moon Book Sale|
|2:00 - 6:00 p.m.||Children's Activities: games, crafts and more|
|2:00 - 6:00 p.m.||Hayrides from Brookdale Farms|
|2:30 - 3:30 p.m.||Children's Entertainment: Troy Roark (Comedy Juggling)|
|3:30 - 3:45 p.m.||Costume Contest|
|4:00 - 4:30 p.m.||Performance by Dance Art Dance Studios|
|4:00 - 7:00 p.m.||Harvest Moon Chili Cook-Off|
|4:30 - 6:00 p.m.||Live Music: disc jockey Larry Harmon|
|6:00 - 9:00 p.m.||Live Music: Step'n'Out! Band|
|6:00 p.m.||Harvest Moon Kids 1/2 Mile Fun Run|
|7:00 p.m.||Harvest Moon Run|
|7:00 - 9:00 p.m.||Pumpkin Carver|
|7:30 - 9:00 p.m.||Bonfire|
|8:30 p.m.||Chili Cook-Off, Run and Scarecrow Contest Awards|