Harvey Harvest Festival clocks up 20 years

David CharlesworthSouth Western Times

Culture and festivities galore can be found at the Harvey Harvest Festival on Sunday, with the event this year celebrating 20 years.

From 9am to 4pm, Snell’s Park and surrounds will be alive with entertainment, music, food and more than 140 market stalls.

At 10.20am, the Harvey Mainstreet committee members and Freeman of the Shire John Sabourne will officially open the festival.

Committee chairman Joe Capogreco said the festival was a celebration of Harvey culture and, while it attracted many locals, it brought people from across the State.

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“The whole reason to have the festival from day one was to get people to turn off the highway and into town,” Mr Capogreco said.

“People can wander through and see what Harvey has to offer.”

Mr Capogreco paid tribute to the tight-knit group of volunteers, past and present, who ensured the festival happened every year over the past 20 years.

Top WA performers will add to the atmosphere all day including headlining band Renegade who will hit the main stage at 11.30am and 1pm.

The region’s best vintages will be available to taste and for a break from the crowds, a free air-conditioned bus will tour Harvey, leaving hourly.

The day climaxes at 2.30pm with the grand final of the LiveLighter WA Grape Stomping Championships, when the fastest feet in the west compete in an event which has featured at the festival since its inception.

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