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Harvest Fest Crowd Defies Heat
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Pumpkins were everywhere on Sunday, Oct. 8 as plenty of people turned out – despite the heat – to decorate the colorful gourds for Halloween, part of the Harvest On Main festivities. Marg Jackson/The Times

With temperatures hovering in the mid-90s, a sizeable crowd nonetheless turned out to take part in the annual Harvest on Main festival, put on through the Escalon Chamber of Commerce on Sunday, Oct. 8.

Event sponsor once again was Deverie Voral, Re/Max Executive, and pumpkins for carving and decorating were donated by Van Groningen and Sons.

The festivities began at 11 a.m. and also included a car decorating contest, with several classics decked out in a Halloween theme; food vendors and a variety of craft and merchandise booths; face painting, the annual costume contest for youngsters and a magician, taking the Main Street Stage for a performance at noon.

Miss Escalon Aileen Aguirre and members of her court were also on hand to assist youngsters with their pumpkin decorating and strolled the grounds surrounding the Main Street Park, visiting with residents. There was also free hot fresh popcorn, and the Escalon Historical Society had a booth offering information. The Chamber of Commerce was on hand with info and trophies for the various contest winners and the shave ice truck was doing a booming business as attendees tried to beat the heat.

Many families took advantage of the opportunity to take home a carved or decorated pumpkin to display during the month, and several people also sat down with some lunch, available from a couple of different vendors.

The Harvest on Main is one of the regularly scheduled first Sunday of the month gatherings hosted periodically throughout the year by the local chamber.

The group is also currently making plans for the downtown Christmas on Main celebration, which is on the calendar for Saturday, Dec. 2.

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This was just one of the entries in the Decorated Car contest, decked out with some creepy crawlers and cobwebs, getting into the Halloween spirit for the Oct. 8 harvest festival downtown. Marg Jackson/The Times