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The 2014 Las Vegas Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show runs over September 5 – 7 and this is one event that can truly be referred to as fun for the whole family. There is something here for everyone in terms of food, entertainment, and booths that sell hundreds of items. From one that offers unique musical instruments to another that does hand-drawn henna “tattoos.”
For the kids there are plenty of things to do, the Sunrise Children’s Foundation is in charge of the KidZone and they have made sure that the youngsters have loads to do, from a hand’s on craft area to decorating individual shoe boxes for children in need for the Operation Christmas Child charity. There is also entertainment geared towards the little ones on the stage section in the form of John Park, the performer responsible for The Funny Waiter act. Although to be fair, adults seemed to be enjoying the show as much as the kids.
On top of the waiter comedy routine, the Fargo Brothers Band stepped up to entertain in between John Park’s performances to keep the bigger kids happy, as in Mom and Dad, with some choice live music that kept toes tapping and hands clapping. There are also lot of things that can be won, such as a Toyota car, an iPad Mini and a “daily grab bag draw.”
On top of all these “giveaways” folks that stop by and bring donations of nonperishable or paper goods, or baby products, for the charity Safe Nest can save $2 off their general (or senior) admission price for each item brought in. Safe Nest is a temporary shelter that provides a safe place for mothers and children who are “at risk.”
The Las Vegas 2014 Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show running from September 5 – 7 does offer even more than the KidZone and the various charities as well as live entertainment, it has hundreds of booths with a wide range of food, condiments, seasonings, and at least one homeopathic booth that features Hawaiian cures for a lot of different aches and pains.
Apart from the condiments and seasonings, there is Mr Fudge who has been bringing his almost orgasmic blends of fudge to the Harvest Festival for around 20 years. One can choose from many different combinations, but suffice to say the butterscotch fudge is exquisite. Festival attendees can try many different samples of these wickedly good treats and whether you purchase anything, or just sample the goodies, all service is given with a huge smile and loads of friendly advice on which fudge may be the one for “you.”
One booth that will not be at next year’s festival is that of Richard Esterman Photography. This is another long term “resident” of the event who will be “calling it a day” after this year’s participation. Be sure to stop by and have a look at some of Richard’s splendid work.
For those who like a little food with their garlic, or vice versa, the Garlic Festival Foods booth have a garlic for just about every cooking occasion. People who want to indulge their sweet tooth rather than their savory craving can head over to the Brandini Toffee booth and try some almond toffee or toffee
A piece of guilty pleasure can be found over at the DeBrito Chocolate Factory booth where all manner of “candy apples” can be found, amongst other lovely chocolaty treats and these treats are at their base, pretty healthy.
Speaking of apples, those folks who remember Grandma’s apple butter should stop by Millicent’s Preserves. The sign says “Award Winning” and one taste will convince anyone that this has to be the truth. Just one sample of the pumpkin butter will evoke a Homer Simpson reaction that could require a lot of napkins.
With hundreds of booths to choose from, it is difficult to see them all in one go. The festival is set up to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Dropping the kids off to try their hand at some personal art, or to watch John Park, or for the whole family to have a snack will take the pressure off and allow folks to rest up while searching for that original art, craft (or food item) at the Las Vegas Harvest Festival 2014. Set up over three days, September 5 – 7, at the Cashman Center attendees will be spoiled for choice.
By Michael Smith
Cashman Center, Las Vegas