Are You Ready? Harvest Festival is Sunday

The city prepares for its annual autumn celebration on Sunday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Piedmont Park.

There's food. There's jazz. There's suspense (who made the best pesto? who grew the biggest pumpkin?). There is, in short, something for pretty much everyone Sunday at the annual Piedmont Harvest Festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Piedmont Community Park, 711 Highland Ave.

Old favorites are back — Scarecrow Alley, fresh lemonade squeezed from Piedmont-grown lemons, a kids' carnival, fierce-but-friendly competition among local cooks and gardeners.

So are some newer events on their way to becoming traditions, as Piedmont Middle School’s Green Team sponsors “green games” for the second year in a row and the city's Public Safety Committee repeats its disaster preparedness mini-fair from last year. Mini-fair events include presentations by the Piedmont fire and police departments, the Alameda County SWAT team, the Red Cross and PG&E, along with lots of local information on coping with emergencies.

New for 2012: the Fix-It Clinic will help people learn how to fix most things they use in their home.

Long-time participants returning to the festival include the Village Market and Scarecrow Alley.

 “We are always excited to be at the festival each year,” said Claire Bryant, co-owner of Village Market.  “It is the one time we are able to get out of the store and do something completely different. And we just happen to always bring the best produce at killer-deal prices with us! “

The parade of scarecrows will also be back, lined up for a silent auction that raises money for Piedmont's public schools.

So will the Jazz Festival. See this year's line-up of musical groups here.

See a complete schedule of the day's activities here.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, at 8:30 a.m., the Second Annual FallFest 5K Run/Walk will kick off the weekend’s activities. The event raises funds for the Piedmont Unified School District Wellness Center, the event is designed to raise awareness of the Wellness Center and the funs needed to support its mission. Participants can register online or at Piedmont Community Hall.

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