There may have been a few dark clouds overhead on Sunday Sept 8th, but on the ground it was all bright smiles as Beckwith Township hosted the fifth annual Lanark County Harvest Festival at Beckwith Park. Originally intended to be a traveling fest with a different community hosting each year, after the first issue, everyone involved agreed that Beckwith’s recreation complex on the 9th line was the perfect place.
A great team effort involving county and township staff as well as local farmers, arts and craft vendors, and numerous community organizations brought family members of all ages to ‘get fresh with a local farmer’ as the promo tag line went. And no one was disappointed. A petting zoo, pony rides, a bouncy castle, a huge playground, horse-drawn carriage rides and a bunny display by the local 4H club kept the young entertained while over 40 vendors, great live entertainment, and interactive historical and agricultural displays captured the attention of the young at heart.
Each year a specific community is singled out for celebration and focus and this year it was Carleton Place’s turn in honour of their 200th birthday. Town councilors, staff, and volunteers were happy and more than willing to promote their municipality’s accomplishments and rich history.
The afternoon ended with a church supper hosted by 3 local parishes on site.