Findley Lake Harvest Fest 2018


Contributing Writer
Heidi Woodard

As the weather begins to shift, and north begins to settle into the end of summer, the Findley Lake Harvest Fest will commence. Starting Friday, August 31, 2018, the three-day festival attracts thousands of visitors each year. Event Coordinator, Larry Gross, said “the festival gets bigger and bigger every year, and we try to add more every year.”

Situated on the picturesque lakefront city of Findley Lake, the festival is a town-wide celebration. “There are more vendors, artists, and antique dealers than ever before,” said Gross. The festival boasts something for adults and children of all ages, as the town presents many exhilarating attractions.

Visitors will delight in live music, local artists, crafters, wine tastings, vendors, a beer tent, games, antiques and more for three straight days. “This is not your typical festival,” said Gross. “It has a party atmosphere, yet it is still family friendly. There will be ten bands playing throughout the event, and that is the most out of any year yet.” There will also be an expanded children’s zone, with giant slides, games, pony rides, a petting zoo, and an obstacle course.

Gross, owner of Candle Company in Findley Lake, said visitors “absolutely love the festival. People around town have been coming to the store for the last six to eight weeks asking if the festival will happen this year.” Rain or shine, the event will happen. Last year’s event had some rain, but also had the highest number of attendees in the event’s 20-year history. 2018 marks the festival’s 21st year. The festival started in a local store owner’s property in the back of their store, and it has only grown from there.

The festival will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. “Visitors can come and easily make a whole day of attending the festival and wandering around town,” said Gross. “It is a highly anticipated event, and the local hotels are booked.”

The festival will also feature many different food vendors, including everything from traditional fair food, to barbeque, to Japanese food. Gross said the “the best part of the event is that there is something for everyone: food, games, vendors, antique dealers, beer tent, wineries, children’s zone.” Gross went on to say “we are very proud of this event, and we hope people come out to experience it.”

To view more information on the Findley Lake Harvest Fest visit their Facebook page, or website