Good Old Fashioned Harvest Festivals and a Give Away!

Hi, Kit Morgan here and today I want to talk about harvest festivals in the old west. Or anywhere for that matter!

Harvest time has classically been an important event in the year to celebrate bountiful crops. Among the most famous is America’s Thanksgiving, which was originally celebrated in the Plymouth Colony after the successful harvest of the Pilgrims.

For hundreds of years, harvest time has been one of the most important periods of the year, because let’s face it, people were either going to starve or be well fed for the coming year. Traditionally in Britain, local communities appointed a “Lord of the Harvest” who would oversee things such as the gathering of the crops, payment for the farm laborers and of course, a celebratory feast at the end of a good harvest. He got to sit at the head of the table of course!

The Harvest Supper was held on Michaelmas Day and pride of place would be given to a goose stuffed with apples and served with freshly harvested vegetables. Legend has it that Queen Elizabeth I was dining on goose when she heard the news that the Spanish Armada had been defeated, so she declared that goose should henceforth be eaten on Michaelmas Day. Goose Fairs were popular and even today a few still survive, notably the Nottingham Goose Fair which is over 700 years old.

And then we have our pioneer settlers, frontiersmen and farmers who also in one way or another celebrated at harvest time. All hallow’s eve got into the mix along the way and “Spook Hollows” were a fun part of some small town’s (not to mention a few big ones) harvest time festivals. You might have read a western romance that included a harvest festival and spook hollow. I have a book where part of the story is set during an annual harvest festival. Pumpkins and corn mazes, hayrides and yummy food, are all part of many a town’s annual traditions of the harvest festival!

When was the last time you attended a harvest festival? Does your town have one? I’ll pick a random winner from the comments below to receive an e-book copy of The Harvest Time Mail-Order Bride. Here’s a little about the book …

The Weavers. They were boisterous, rambunctious, some would even say wild, and, until recently, unwed. First Arlan, the oldest, got himself a mail-order bride, followed by his younger brother Benjamin. Now it was Benjamin’s identical twin brother Calvin’s turn. But Calvin’s mail-order bride was different, really different. For one, she was Italian, an immigrant who spoke broken English. She was also the most beautiful woman Calvin had ever seen. But this vision of loveliness had a not so lovely secret. Can Calvin and his new bride make a go of it while other secrets threaten the family’s peaceful existence? Find out in this hilarious romp with the Weavers!

 

 

 

Kit Morgan
Kit Morgan is the author of over 100 books of historical and contemporary western romance! Her stories are fun, sweet stories full of love, laughter, and just a little bit of mayhem! Kit creates her stories in her little log cabin in the woods in the Pacific Northwest. An avid reader and knitter, when not writing, she can be found with either a book or a pair of knitting needles in her hands! Oh, and the occasional smidge of chocolate!
Updated: October 21, 2019 — 8:03 pm

30 Comments

  1. Seems that I have missed out on the harvest festivals. I do not remember anything like you presented for us. I would love to get your book.

    1. Harvest Festivals are a blast, Jerri Lynn! I love them. We have quite a few here in Oregon.

  2. No Harvest Festival around here now I am sure there probably used to when farming was big in these parts but farming is almost non existent around here now. My husband’s dad used to be a big time cotton farmer back in the 50 & 60s. Seems as when that generation passed on the farming left with them. Even cattle farmers are getting less and less around here

    1. Sigh, sadly that’s so true for different parts of the country, Glenda.

  3. I can’t remember really ever attending a harvest festival!

    1. They’re loads of fun, Tonya!

  4. I went to one last weekend. It was wonderful. My grandson really enjoyed himself.

    1. I love them, Debra, they are so much fun for young and old alike!

  5. yes, we have many festivals here in Indiana – our largest one – the covered bridge festival runs for 10 days and just finished up this past Sunday – People from all over the world come to see the covered bridges (tours) and eat food and the flea markets! We have our Halloween social this Saturday at the community center (old elementary school)

    1. Wow, Teresa, that sounds like something I’d like to do!

  6. I can’t remember going to a harvest festival but I am sure we have them around here. I know there is an apple festival around here close but have never went to it.

    1. Oh, I bet an apple festival would be fun!

  7. I actually went to a festival this past Saturday…the Peanut Festival. We attend every year and have so much fun watching the parade, visiting great booths, eating food and listening to great music.

    1. A peanut festival! Now that does sound like fun!

  8. this is an interesting post. When I lived on the farm in CA our little town of Apple Valley had a Harvest Fest every year. It was so much fun for everyone. There was also a ton of homemade things there. Back here in Illinois, while our kids were younger we went to pumpkin farms where there were hayrides, animals, pie eating contests etc. This sounds like a wonderful book.

    1. Homemade things are one of my favorite things about harvest festivals, apple festivals, pumpkin festivals, and all the rest!

  9. Such a neat post, Kit! Love harvest time and all the fun it brings.

    1. Do you have any out your way, Shanna?

  10. I’ve never been to a Harvest Festival. Never even really heard of them. It does sound like a fun thing to do, though!

  11. They’re a blast, Trudy!

  12. There is a huge one in the county where I live; however, I have not been to it. It is on a farm owned by a family since 1869 and has lots of activities day and night.

    1. There’s a few farms I know of that have their own little festivals. They’re quite fun.

  13. There are several places in this area that have fall festivals with corn mazes and pumpkin patches and lots of fun activities. Most also feature sales of fresh fruits and vegetables. A lot of our county fairs started as harvest festivals. Now they are being held almost any time of year.

    1. I’ve heard that about harvest festivals turning into country fairs! Always interesting!

  14. Honestly, I don’t remember that last time I attended a Harvest Festival.

    1. It’s been a few years for me. But I do love them.

  15. Many of the places we have lived have had harvest festivals. About 5 miles from our house, a farm has a large corn maze, hayride, vegetable market, a tractor pulled little train, and a petting zoo. It is busy during the week with school groups and the weekends are crammed. The area churches have Fall Festivals, our’s is this weekend. The small town nearby has a harvest dinner that is held downtown set up on Main St. if the weather is good. Everything is locally sourced and freshly harvested. Most events of this type finish with Trunk and Treat events at churches on or near Halloween. Our small town turns out a full Main Street Halloween event. The shops all stay open and hand out candy. Several of the alleyways are turned into haunted displays. Everyone tends to be in costume. Great fun for everyone.

    1. Wow, where do you live Patricia? That all sounds like so much fun. Great idea about turning the alley’s into “spook hollows” so to speak!

  16. I went to the Apple Festival the first Saturday of October.

  17. I’ve always wanted to go to an apple festival!

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