Sunday, November 17, 2013

Harvest Fest -- What a SUCCESS

Oct 19, 2013 saw the Village of Greenhills community come out for a fun day of harvest-themed events.

The day started off with some showers, but we were lucky to have it miss our event time. The first event of the day was the Mutt March, a longstanding tradition in the Village but forgotten in the last few years.  Even with the rain in the morning we had eight dogs dressed in costume, and had a total of fifteen dogs marching.  We had a Bunch of Grapes, a group of cowboys, Super Dog and Super Girl, Fairy Queen, Waldo, a scout,  a Hot Dog and ?  Our Grand Marshal was Paxon the Village K-9 police dog. Paxon lead the march around the Village Commons and back to the gazebo for prizes.

Prizes were awarded for:

Best Costume, small breed - Bunch of Grapes

Best Costume, large breed - Fairy Queen

Best Couple (Pet and Owner) - This was a tie, Cowboy Family & Super Dog & Girl

Most Creative -  Waldo who we lost...but we found him!!

Our judges were  Greenhills Mayor Fred Murrell, Councilwoman Maria Waltherrs-Willards and Stephen Drace, Village business owner.

Each pet had their picture taken by Kimberly Kennedy Photography.

We would like to thank MaiRo & Co - Dog Treat Bakery, Forest Park Vet Clinic, and Ark for their donation of fabulous prizes.

After the Mutt March we all went down to the Farmers Market area and enjoyed the second event of the day: a full evening of food, music and booths.  The community came out to celebrate Fall both in the booths and as customers.  Harvest Fest offered three food venues, two local food trucks, Pizza Tower and Red Sesame Korean BBQ,  and  our American Legion with hot dogs and hamburgers. The vendors were plentiful and provided a very wide selection of goods.

Most of our local candidates had booths so they could meet with their constituents and secure their votes in the upcoming election. The Greenhills Volunteer Fire Department had their truck and medic.
Village Troubadour Coffee, Food & Music
During the event the Fireman had to leave for an emergency call. Pampered Chef was hosting a "show" for the firemen so they could get some top quality product for the fire house kitchen.

Local business came out: Curves, MaiRo & Co - Dog Treat Bakery, Arbonne Int, Usborne Books & More, Thirty One, Alicia Whitaker - home, crafts & more, Stuff a Buddy and Beaded Jewelry, and the newest business "The Troubadour Coffee House." Look for them in spring of 2014 in the old bank office, next to the Greenhills Dentist.
Straw Boss 
Our Music for the evening was STRAW BOSS and they were the boss, playing a slice of Americana.They kept my toes tapping all night long. We saw the Kiwanis Club selling the traditional Grapefruit and Oranges boxes, and nuts for the Holiday Season. The Cub Scout Troop was also selling Popcorn. 

The third event of the night was in the form of a Hot Air Balloon on the Commons. Folks got to get a birds-eye few of their Village from sixty feet in the air.  There were games for the kids to play, pumpkin Bowling, Harvest Corn-hole  a ball toss and others.  The Winton Woods High School young adults sponsored a lollipop pull and a Pumpkin Toss. Everybody was a winner that evening and I believe this is the beginning of a great year for the village,  75 years young and getting better all the time. 
Usborne Books

The Historical Society Selling Hot Apples

Fun Games for all the kids


Dinner offered by our American Legion Post

Some of the Pumpkin decorations

Our doggie hats