Money raised goes toward maintaining the City Park

The Harvest Home Festival in Leon is quickly approaching and organizers are looking for volunteers to make this year’s event a big success.
“We need someone to help organize and be the contact person for specific events such as the craft fair, the parade and the beer garden,” said Shelly Martin, event organizer. “We also need volunteers for set up and tear down and volunteers to work during the festival.
The Harvest Home Festival has been a yearly event in Leon for 30 or 40 years. It started as a way for the town to celebrate the end of the wheat harvest. It is now held in September because the weather is cooler and carnival operators have more dates available.
“Since I have been involved, the last six years, we have implemented a carnival, we have a country street dance at the fire station, there are tractor pulls, a car show, food vendors, an egg toss, just all kinds of activities to do and get involved in and celebrate our fall festival,” said Martin. “But to keep it going strong we need volunteers.”
Martin said they also need food and craft vendors to sign up for the event. The money raised from the yearly festival goes to build and maintain the city park.
“We have planted trees, we built a flower bed, put up a city park sign, volunteers painted and remodeled the pavilion, we have built benches and picnic tables,” said Martin. “Haverhill School donated a bunch of playground equipment and we repaired and installed it in concrete.”
For those whowould like to get involved, there will be a planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Leon City Hall or call Martin at 259-1050.
This year’s Harvest Home Festival will be held Sept. 13-14.