A successful Harvest Fest day in photos

By on September 29, 2019

On Saturday, September 21, the Town of Sweden’s annual Harvest Fest was held at the Sweden Farmers Museum on Lake Road South. On a sunny, warm day, the event provided demonstrations, displays, arts, vendors, bake sales, music, and hay ride tours of the nearby cemetery.

Lori Skoog, a member of the festival planning committee said, “We were very pleased with the number of vendors and exhibitors and the weather could not have been more perfect. This festival gives us the opportunity to celebrate our community’s farming roots, attracting residents from near and far.”

The volunteers who worked on planning and running the festival were: Marion Dilger, Kathy Goetz, Don Grentzinger, Christine Hunt, Lori Skoog, Susan Smith, Marie Bell, and Jim Weinkauf.

This photo essay by Dianne Hickerson gives a sampling of the variety of rich offerings at the event.

Photos by Dianne Hickerson

SHF Brungard

Fred Brungard is a part-time blacksmith who lives in 
Hilton.

SHF Chestnut

Doug Chesnut weaves and makes stoles and table runners using commercial yarn. Cathy Chesnut hand spins her yarn and knits with it.

SHF Cretney

Al Cretney, a Clarkson resident, is a wood carver who has carved birds for 20 years.

SHF Dilger

Marion Dilger began spinning in 1986. She is spinning cotton from cotton balls her daughter brought from Virginia cotton fields.

SHF Letourneau

Rick Letourneau of Black Creek Carvings does chainsaw carvings. He lives at Davis Park in Chili and does this part time with his son.

SHF Salmon

Scott Salmon, of Waterport, operates his “buzz saw rig” for cutting fire wood any length. The “hit and miss machine” dates to 1924 as a Montgomery Ward product.

SHF Water pump

Water pumps perched proudly on a trailer tell of getting water from the earth years ago.