By Nathan Crock
The Crestline Harvest Festival planning is in full swing this time of the year. The festival committee is taking in donations as well as volunteers for the annual festival this September. This year the harvest festival will be going into its 41st year. Clayton Herold who is the head of the harvest festival committee said that the preparation for the festival starts in October and that the festival is run purely on donations from the community. He said that the festival is one of the few festivals around this is provided by a municipality as no money come out of the village budget. The donation goal for this year’s festival is $12,000. As of February 13 the total number of donations that they have collected adds up to $1,300. Donations that have come in so far are from Crestline Chiropractic Clinic, Crestline Massage Therapy, McDonalds of Crestline, O&K Auto Center, TASCO, and two individual donations from Don and Jean Beck and Robert Runyon. The festival planning is run by a committee. Those committee members are in charge of different aspects such as entertainment, rides, contests/queens pageant, advertising, farmers market, concessions, car show, alumni night, beer garden, decoration, craft show, and the parade.
The festival will see some new things this year as they are bringing back the queens pageant. Herold said they have a separate committee working on the pageant and they are working to finalize the details. Along with the queens pageant they also have a new ride company this year. The company they had been using changed their route this year so they were unavailable to return. The new ride company is Kissel Amusement Company out of Cincinnati. Herold said with the new ride company comes some new advantages. Herold said that festival goers will be seeing some new rides this year. Along with seeing new rides another advantage of the new company is pre-sale tickets. It has been years since they have had a true pre-sale ticket campaign. The pre-sale tickets will be redeemable for wristbands on Thursday and Friday of the festival for a discounted price of $10. Also, all of the bands have been booked for this year. Herold said that for the most part they work with Blair Entertainment in Cleveland to book the bands. All the acts will be on the main stage and are as follows. The Thursday night of the festival will have The Crooners from 8p.m. to 10 p.m. They are a Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin type of tribute band. Friday of the festival from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. will have Double Play from Columbus, and later on from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. will see RadioNow play. The Saturday of the festival will see Jukebox Heroes play from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Krush from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The beer garden will also have bands which include DJ Justin Carroll, Cellar Dwellers, and Awol Rock Band.
When asked what Herold’s favorite part of the festival was he had the following to say, “My favorite part is the week of the festival because it’s truly crunch time. I’m full go from the Monday before until the Monday after. It’s a great experience to see all the hard work that the committee had done over the previous eleven months come to fruition during three days in the middle of September. The festival wouldn’t be where it is by the hard work and determination of the members of my committee.” Herold also had the following to say regarding the changes to the festival over the years. “For many years the festival used to be on Seltzer Street in the heart of downtown Crestline. Now it’s on the biggest street we have in town. That tells you how much the festival has grown and how well of a job my predecessors did in growing the festival. I wouldn’t say the festival has changed, it has evolved.” The Crestline Harvest Festival will be taking place September 18-20. They are looking to gain more donations and/ or volunteers. Anyone interested can call Clayton Herold at (419) 689-3711.