Harvest Days puts big spin on small town

Avery Scrimshaw celebrates her eighth birthday on one of the midway rides Saturday afternoon. The festival had several rides as well as a mini golf course for children to enjoy.

Photos by Stephen Dafoe

Bon Accord – This past weekend’s Harvest Days in Bon Accord continued this year’s trend of local community festivals being bigger than the year before. Bon Accord followed Morinville’s expanded St. Jean Baptiste Festival and Legal’s 50th anniversary edition of Fete au Village with a much larger Harvest Days event.

The festival kicked off Friday evening with an annual ball tournament and ended Sunday with a community pancake breakfast.

Saturday was the big day for the festival and provided locals as well as many visitors from Edmonton with something to do the entire day. Added to the traditional parade, Lord Strathcona’s Horse demonstration and craft bazaar, this year’s event ramped it up with the addition of a midway, Much Music Video Dance, and the latest iteration of the Sturgeon County Bounty.

Bon Accord Mayor Randy Boyd said he was pleased with Saturday’s turnout to the annual festival.

Don Bom Bawala of Don’s Bistro in Morinville prepares a roast pumpkin and vegetable skewer on a pita, one of several offerings at his Sturgeon County Bounty booth.

Edmonton resident Rebecca Bertram (9) fires a shot in the Military Commando obstacle course, a popular event that pitted soldiers from the Edmonton Garrison against children in a mock battle with water guns and water balloons.

A balloon twister works his latex magic for a young admirer.

G-force works its physics on the faces of a couple Zipper riders Saturday afternoon.

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