ELY – Ely is hosting the 2021 Harvest Moon Festival this weekend in Whiteside Park. This year’s festival will feature about 100 booths filled with arts, crafts, and food. For all of those …
ELY – Ely is hosting the 2021 Harvest Moon Festival this weekend in Whiteside Park. This year’s festival will feature about 100 booths filled with arts, crafts, and food. For all of those who missed visiting the Blueberry/Art Festival, which was canceled after a Friday evening storm damaged vendors’ booths, took out power, and felled large trees in Whiteside Park, Harvest Moon is a second chance to browse and shop unique handmade arts and crafts items.
This year marks the 27th running of the Harvest Moon Festival. Historically, the three-day event has drawn 10,000 to 15,000 attendees.
“We are very excited about the fall festival. We have a number of returning art and craft vendors, plus some really unique new ones, too,” said Chamber events director Ellen Cashman. “With all the planning and modifications, we are excited to see the festival come to fruition.”
The festival layout will be similar to the Blueberry/Art Festival with six feet between each vendor.
“The extra space is recommended by Stay Safe Minnesota and part of our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan,” Cashman added.
“We have five food vendors that are familiars to the festival: Becky’s Oriental Foods, Schweiby’s Concessions, SB Concessions, Best Way, and of course the Kiwanis Club with their delicious blueberry pies and sandwiches,” she said. “The Ely Hoop Club will also have a booth with refreshing ice-cold beverages.”
Festival hours are Friday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Running in conjunction with the Harvest Moon Festival is Harvest Days, featuring area businesses offering specials, end-of-season sales, and autumn product lines. Harvest Days starts on Thursday, Sept. 9 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 12.