Folks enjoy Harvest Faire in Clearwater

Sharon Chaytor, Mayor Merlin Blackwell and Sherri Madden chose the winning pumpkin pie during the Harvest Faire at the Clearwater Farmer’s Market on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Joanna Hurst)Sharon Chaytor, Mayor Merlin Blackwell and Sherri Madden chose the winning pumpkin pie during the Harvest Faire at the Clearwater Farmer’s Market on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Joanna Hurst)
The Masse family won the prize for most unique pumpkin or squash. Rozlyn Masse is showing off the prize-winning gourd. (Photo courtesy of Joanna Hurst)The Masse family won the prize for most unique pumpkin or squash. Rozlyn Masse is showing off the prize-winning gourd. (Photo courtesy of Joanna Hurst)
Local restauranteur Sharon Chaytor, Mayor Merlin Blackwell and Thompson-Nicola Regional District services coordinator Sherri Madden make their picks as they judge the pumpkin pie contest. (Photo by Keith McNeill)Local restauranteur Sharon Chaytor, Mayor Merlin Blackwell and Thompson-Nicola Regional District services coordinator Sherri Madden make their picks as they judge the pumpkin pie contest. (Photo by Keith McNeill)
Local resident Melissa Dohms helps David Catzel of FarmFolk CityFolk as he loads some of the rye she has grown into a small thresher. Doing it without the machine is very labour intensive, said Dohms. Catzels’ program is called BC Seed Security and, although he does some public demonstrations, most of his work is done on farms, helping farmers collect and clean their own seed. (Photo by Keith McNeill)Local resident Melissa Dohms helps David Catzel of FarmFolk CityFolk as he loads some of the rye she has grown into a small thresher. Doing it without the machine is very labour intensive, said Dohms. Catzels’ program is called BC Seed Security and, although he does some public demonstrations, most of his work is done on farms, helping farmers collect and clean their own seed. (Photo by Keith McNeill)
Rozlyn Masse samples a drop of honey on a stick at the honey tasting station. Her family raises bees and she loves honey, she said. (Photo by Keith McNeill)Rozlyn Masse samples a drop of honey on a stick at the honey tasting station. Her family raises bees and she loves honey, she said. (Photo by Keith McNeill)
Amanda Drescher won first place in the pumpkin pie contest. She said she tried numerous variations of an old recipe until she got it just right. (Photo by Keith McNeill)Amanda Drescher won first place in the pumpkin pie contest. She said she tried numerous variations of an old recipe until she got it just right. (Photo by Keith McNeill)
Kristal Champion uses a press to squeeze the juice out of some apples she’s shredded. (Photo by Keith McNeill)Kristal Champion uses a press to squeeze the juice out of some apples she’s shredded. (Photo by Keith McNeill)
Robin Earle is pictured with the heaviest pumpkin at the Harvest Faire. The award went to Oliver Earle. (Photo courtesy of Joanna Hurst)Robin Earle is pictured with the heaviest pumpkin at the Harvest Faire. The award went to Oliver Earle. (Photo courtesy of Joanna Hurst)
Sharon Neufeld had the heaviest squash. (Photo courtesy of Joanna Hurst)Sharon Neufeld had the heaviest squash. (Photo courtesy of Joanna Hurst)
Denica Kelly and daughter Ayla took part in the pumpkin patch photo booth at the Harvest Faire. Funds raised from the photo booth went to the Raise-a-Reader program. (Photo courtesy of Denica Kelly)Denica Kelly and daughter Ayla took part in the pumpkin patch photo booth at the Harvest Faire. Funds raised from the photo booth went to the Raise-a-Reader program. (Photo courtesy of Denica Kelly)
Ayla Kelly gives a big grin from the Harvest Fair photo booth on Saturday, Sept. 25. (Photo by Denica Kelly)Ayla Kelly gives a big grin from the Harvest Fair photo booth on Saturday, Sept. 25. (Photo by Denica Kelly)
Cindy Wilgosh was busy making bannock at a booth set up for the Harvest Faire at the Clearwater Farmer’s Market. (Photo courtesy of Joanna Hurst)Cindy Wilgosh was busy making bannock at a booth set up for the Harvest Faire at the Clearwater Farmer’s Market. (Photo courtesy of Joanna Hurst)

Pumpkin spice was in the air at the Clearwater Farmer’s Market last Saturday, Sept. 25, as folks gathered for the Harvest Faire.

Events ranged from seed cleaning and a pumpkin pie contest to bannock, honey tasting and a cider press.

Pumpkin and squash competitions were also held, with local gardeners vying for the top spot with their heaviest pumpkin or squash and most unique pumpkin or squash. There also was a secret weight competition held, where a pumpkin or squash closest to the secret weight wins.

The scale to weigh the special vegetables broke at the 11th hour, said coordinator Joanna Hurst, but all was okay as the weights were “determined super-scientifically by feel and secret weight was determined by overall contestant cuteness and charm.”

Winners of the contests were:

– Best pumpkin pie: Amanda Drescher, runner-up Sharon Neufeld

– Heaviest pumpkin: Oliver Earle, runner-up Jordon Mclin

– Heaviest squash: Sharon Neufeld, runner-up Tamara Thorpe

– Most unique pumpkin or squash: the Masse family, runner-up Kim Thomas

– Secret weight: Jacquelin Mclin

The pumpkin pies were judged by Mayor Merlin Blackwell, local restaurateur Sharon Chaytor and Thompson-Nicola Regional District services coordinator Sherri Madden. A tough job, but it had to be done.

The Clearwater Bee Club brought honey from eight different apiaries and beekeepers from around the Valley. Each honey had its own unique flavour profile and character, said Hurst.

While the final has not yet been determined, it’s estimated over $500 was raised for the Yellowhead Community Services Food Security Program, Indigenous and Early Years Programs from the cider press, pumpkin patch photo booth and bannock booth.

Hurst said she’d like to thank the following people: David Catzel from FarmFolk CityFolk for bringing the mobile seed cleaner; the United Way TNC for their generous financial support for the event; to the Clearwater Bee Club for running the honey tasting booth; the North Thompson Arts Council for sharing their Arts Alive project; to Calliope for their musical entertainment.

A thank you also goes out to all the awesome volunteers and donors that helped make the event a success: Merlin, Mandy, Kristal, Lisa, Hudson, Lynne, Denica, Cindy, Rose, Steve, the Soles, Mike and Kira.

The Harvest Faire was hosted by the YCS Food Security Program in partnership with FarmFolk CityFolk, North Thompson Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Clearwater Bee Club and YCS Early Years Program.

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