Harvest Festival scales back

Porter event begins Friday; organizers urge masks, social distancing

The Porter Harvest Festival will be held as scheduled on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14-15 but on a much smaller scale than in the past due to the state guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The event this year is being billed as "A scaled-back celebration to get us to better times ahead".
On Friday, the Porter Development Project Fundraiser will feature the Porter Cafe serving flame-grilled burgers on homemade buns and garnished with toppings of your choice, as well as fresh corn on the cob, baked beans and more.
Outdoor dining will be in the downtown parking lot, or curbside pick-up will be available in front of the cafe.
Adult beverages will also be available from Cutloose Bar's outdoor service.
On Saturday, a Tractor Show and Demonstration will be held from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. on the 300 block of North Sunrise Ave. Drive-thru viewing will be made available, as well as park and watch activities from your vehicle. Lunch will also be available on the grounds.
In the downtown parking lot will be the socially-distanced Lawn Mower Fun Run.
This event normally kicks off Harvest Festival on Friday, but has been moved to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Happy Hour with tunes will be held from 6-10 p.m. at the downtown parking lot. Food will be available from the Porter Cafe, and adult beverages will be available from Cutloose Bar.
"This has been the most difficult event we've planned," said Josh Sumption, who has been on the Harvest Festival planning committee for several years. "Many of us on the committee have struggled to find a safe way to have some social interaction and make sure we do everything we can to keep everyone safe. We’ll hope for the best and support our businesses."
Also, as part of the Harvest Festival, the Porter Trail Dusters Saddle Club Horse Show will be held Sunday, Aug. 23 at the Saddle Club Arena on Spruce Street south of town. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with the show scheduled to begin at noon.
Note: The Harvest Festival committee urges everyone to wear a mask and observe social distancing while indoors. When outdoors, masks are recommended when six feet of social distancing can's be maintained.

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