by Beth Stauffer

By all appearances on Saturday August 17th, 2013, the harvest in Monroeville was a good one this year.

The weather early on Saturday morning was picture perfect for Monroeville’s annual Harvest festival, which began earlier in the week on Thursday and concluded after a day full of events and activities on Saturday.

Saturday’s festivities kicked off with the annual parade at 11 am that meandered thru the heart of downtown Monroeville, including more than 50 entries and lasting for about 30 minutes.

2013 Miss Harvest Festival Nicole Rothgeb and her parents

Following the parade, the community meandered down to the lovely Monroeville Municipal Park to explore the Midway provided by Beer’s & Jessop’s Co. or perhaps grab a bite to eat for lunch from the food vendors in the Pavilion.  Food Vendors included St. Joseph HASA, St. Mark’s Lutheran, Monroeville UMC, Monroeville Park, Dads of Heritage, Villa Nova Estates, Cornerstone Youth Center, and the Heritage Lions Club.  A Merchant’s Tent featuring area businesses and interests was also on hand for Harvest Festival attendees to check out.

Drawing a sizeable crowd following the parade until late on Saturday night was the Bingo Tent sponsored by the Monroeville Conservation Club.    The Dewey Stage in the park also drew crowds all afternoon and evening, featuring a variety of performers that included magician and illusionist Jim Barron, Atticus Sorrell, and the Muddy River Band.

The Dewey Stage was also home to an adorable baby contest at 6 pm and the crowning of 2013 Miss Harvest Festival, Nicole Rothgeb.  Nicole was sponsored in the pageant by the Whippy Dip.  Her parents are Doug Rothgeb and Leslie Leitch.  Other candidates for Miss Harvest Festival this year were Taylor Lineberry, daughter of Melissa and Jai Burger, and Alexis Musselman, daughter of Tracy Musselman and CJ Bryan.

By far, the biggest attraction of the day on Saturday appeared to be the Demolition Derby sponsored by the Monroeville Fire and EMS Department.  The Fire Department and EMS crew were in full force at the venue adjacent to the park ready to take action if needed during the Demolition Derby, while the grandstand seating area on both sides of the action was filled to capacity as the crowd cheered for their favorites.  The Demolition Derby took place on both Friday and Saturday evening during the festival, and included a regular stock class, a modified class, figure 8’s, and tough trucks.

Over 300 pictures of Saturday’s events are available for free online by clicking here!

POSTED: 08/20/13 at 6:50 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News