The moon bounce, face painting and games entertained the children while disc jockey Robbie D played a variety of oldies, rock and country music Sunday at the 16th Annual Harvest Festival in Gorgas Park in Roxborough.
The event attracts thousands of people a year, said John Boyce, president of Friends of Gorgas Park, adding that this festival had one of the biggest turnouts ever. “It seems like every year it gets bigger and bigger.”
Pam Reagan said they ate food, saw animals and played games. Summer Reagan said she enjoyed the whole festival.
Many local businesses and sponsors of Gorgas Park had booths at the festival. For these businesses, the festival provided a way to sell jewelry, vegetables, and arts and crafts. The festival also provided an opportunity to advertise the businesses in the community.
Eba Wilson had a booth selling eco-friendly items such as purses and hair ties that were made from used juice boxes. “[This festival] certainly gives good visibility so people can think about eco-friendly products,” Wilson said.
Boyce said this event not only raises funds for the park but that it also helps to launch events for the next year. These events include a concert series featuring rock bands, rhythm and blues bands, a Phillip Sousa band for the 4th of July and a movie series.