Turnout was ‘great’ at Harvest Moon Fest

PARKERSBURG – After Saturday’s rains cleared out, thousands flocked to City Park on Sunday for the final day of the 51st annual Harvest Moon Arts and Crafts Festival.

Organizers believe that people who held off coming Saturday because of rain came out Sunday en masse in order to see many local artisans exhibit their homemade products.

“It has been going great,” said event director Vickie Marshall. “I think the people who couldn’t come out (Saturday) because of the rain are coming out (Sunday).

“We also have our typical Sunday crowds so we have been getting both.”

By early Sunday afternoon, organizers said they had over 1,200 visitors which surpassed attendance on Saturday during continuing rain storms.

“It has been a great turnout,” Marshall said. “We hope the people who came out had fun.

“Everything sold here is handmade,” Marshall said of the weekend festival. “We hope people will be able to look at some of the demonstrations going on and see how things are actually made. We hope they get a little bit of education.”

With new and returning vendors, Marshall said many of the people who came out Saturday were buyers so the many of the 175 vendors and exhibitors were happy with the sales they were able to make then and many were happy Sunday with the influx of people.

The festival featured freshly made soaps, apple butter, handmade jewelry, woodwork, pottery, home crafts, artwork and more. Many items are one-of-a-kind and cannot be found anywhere else.

“I hope people are also able to start purchasing some of their Christmas gifts as well as their favorite crafts,” Marshall said.

The festival is a fundraiser for the Wood County Recreation Commission.

Doris Dean, of Parkersburg, was always on the lookout for something new.

“I love to come every year and see all of the different crafts,” she said. “All of the different things here is what keeps me coming back.”

Connie Moore, of Parkersburg, loves looking at the crafts, interacting with the exhibitors and finding something unique.

“I come here every year,” she said.

Having an event like Harvest Moon, where crafters can come and present their work, is great for the community, Moore said.

“They are so few and far between,” she said.