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Posted on 09-08-2012

by Kevin Mertz, Standard Journal Staff writer

MILTON — Thousands crowd Milton streets annually in September and this year should be no different as the annual Harvest Festival kicks off in a big way tonight, with an annual bowl-game tradition.

Festivities surrounding the 36th Milton Harvest Festival kick off tonight with the Tomato Bowl Football Game. The Milton Black Panthers take on the Warrior Run Defenders in a game slated for 7 p.m. at the Milton Area High School’s Alumni Field. Pre-game ceremonies begin at 6:30.

The borough will be bustling with festivities on Saturday. Arts and crafts vendors will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Broadway and Bound Avenue.

Sue Rearick, festival chair, said nearly 100 vendors have already signed up to participate on Saturday. She said 128 vendors are confirmed to be on hand from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second Saturday of the festival, on Sept. 15.

“We have a lot of new vendors,” she said. “We’ll have the kettle corn. There’s a lot of craft vendors.”

While craft vendors are still being accepted to participate on both Saturdays, Rearick said the festival is now closed to food vendors due to the large number that are already been confirmed to participate.

Other activities on the first Saturday of the festival include: Milton Model Train Museum open house, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Milton Moose Family Center, South Front Street; 28-mile bike race, 9:30 a.m. beginning on Filbert Street; pet parade, 10 a.m. beginning on Elm Street; Cub Mobile Derby, 11 a.m. along Academy Avenue; and the Milton Area High School Marching Black Panthers Concert in the Park, 11 a.m. in Lincoln Park.

The first Saturday’s festivities conclude with the Harvest Festival Princess Pageant at 7:30 p.m. in the Milton Area High School auditorium.

Another pageant is slated for Sunday. The Little Miss/Junior Miss Pageant begins at 3 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

“The pageants are coming together really well,” Rearick said. “The princess candidate’s speeches are really coming along.”

On Monday, the Patsy Cline oldies show, “Lost in the Memories,” will be presented at 6 p.m. in Lincoln Park. A dance for teens is slated for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Milton Middle School cafeteria.

An event which was once a popular part of the festival, a block party, returns to the slate of festival activities this year.

The block party is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, along Bound Avenue.

“They used to have block parties,” Rearick said, noting the parties were once a popular part of the festival.

“The block party is for everybody, all ages,” she said. “There will be food vendors there, we will have about three or four.”

She said music will be provided by Tom Starks, a disc jockey from Milton.

Rearick noted that plans for the block party are coming together nicely.

“We’ll be having this every year,” she said.

The Harvest Pops concert is slated for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13.

On Friday, Sept. 14, the Country Express Band will present a concert from 6 to 9 p.m. in Lincoln Park.

“They play ‘50s and ‘60s music, newer and old country,” Rearick said.

She said a strong lineup is also in the works for the annual Harvest Festival Parade, which steps off at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, along Front Street.

“There’s a lot of floats signed up,” Rearick said, adding that bands will also be part of the festivities.

Parade entries are still being accepted. For more information, call Tina Raup at 412-4802.

In addition to the parade and arts and crafts vendors, a number of other festivities are also planned for Saturday, Sept. 15. Those activities include: Milton Model Train Museum open house, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Milton Moose Family Center; 5K race, 9:30 a.m. beginning on Arch Street; Arrowhead Parade Float Awards Ceremony, 4:30 p.m. along Broadway in front of the Milton YMCA; spaghetti dinner, 3 to 6 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 117 N. Front St.; and Tournament of Bands, 5:30 p.m. at the Milton Area High School’s Alumni Stadium.

Rearick estimates 20,000 people visit Milton the day of the Harvest Festival Parade.

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Staff writer Kevin Mertz can be reached at 570-742-9671 or email