With autumn’s return, families in the lakes area will be enjoying the hallmarks of the season at the 26th annual Harvest Happening event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Hess-Hathaway Park, located at 825 S. Williams Lake Road in Waterford Township.
In case of inclement weather, a rain date of Sunday, Oct. 7 has been scheduled.
The highly-anticipated fall festival is hosted by Waterford Parks and Recreation. A full entertainment lineup is slated to enthrall attendees, including Flip Starz Gymnastics at 11:15 a.m.; Science Alive at 11:30 a.m.; the Farrell line dancers at 12:30 p.m.; a Ronald McDonald magic show at 1 p.m.; a local Latin band at 1:15 p.m.; and bluegrass music performed by Rednecks Whitewater & Bluegrass, featuring Brother Ray, at 3:45 p.m.
Kids always enjoy a great storyteller and one will be onsite this year. The children will also be amazed by a clown’s magic show and performance.
Children’s activities include pony rides for $4 each.
A $7 unlimited activity wrist band can be purchased for kids; otherwise each activity costs $1 each. Kids can choose from activities like inflatables, face painting, and kiddie rides including a swing or carousel.
There will be games and contests for children to enjoy, like pumpkin rolling or eating a donut from a string.
Families can relax on a hayride that costs $1 for children under 12 or $2 per adult; or watch rope making and rug weaving demonstrations. While on-site take a tour of the historical Lone Cedar Farmhouse and the antique tractor exhibition; or treat yourself to the homemade applesauce tasting.
Kids always want to feed the farm animals or visit the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect orb for Halloween.
Apart from the scores of activities and entertainment venues, there will a smorgasbord of American food fare like cider and donuts; hot dogs; hamburgers; chicken; and much more.
The Waterford Golden Age Club will be holding a bake sale to top off the day. Proceeds benefit the Hess-Hathaway Park and senior programs.