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Old-fashioned Harvest Festifall set for Oct. 13-14 in Columbia

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Old-fashioned Harvest Festifall set for Oct. 13-14 in Columbia

Weavers at last year’s event in Columbia.

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POSTED October 2, 2012 5:44 p.m.

COLUMBIA — The 28th annual Harvest Festifall will be held in Columbia State Historic Park on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14.

Admission to the park and to the Harvest Festifall is free.

Columbia will be decorated for the harvest season and vendors will line Main Street displaying their handmade arts and crafts for sale. Items such as jewelry, pottery, apparel, home decor, wood furniture, weaving and spinning demonstrations by the Mother Lode Weavers & Spinners Guild, and many other fine examples will be on display and available for purchase.

This old-fashioned free festival on the shady streets of Columbia is for all ages. Some features of the event include local musicians performing in town, face painting and games for the kids, a scarecrow making booth, vendor demonstrations of jewelry making and woodworking, plus a tri-tip barbecue and a free outdoor movie.

Claudia Carlson, chair of the event, likes to make this point, “There are so few places to find family oriented fun these days and that’s a big part of why we are working hard to make this fun for everybody in the family.”

The two-day event kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, with a pumpkin drop from the roof of the Columbia Mercantile. Booths will close at 5 p.m. and reopen Sunday, Oct. 14, at 9 a.m. The event closes at 5 p.m. Sunday.

“We’ll have 45 booths full of eclectic handmade goods impossible to find anywhere else. Whether you are looking for a hand painted picture of your favorite pet, handmade baskets, handcrafted furniture, jewelry, clothing, candles, artwork, or any other country crafts, you will find it all here on the streets of Columbia State Historic Park”, Claudia said.

Visit the giant pumpkin on display near the Blacksmith Shop and pick out your own pumpkin for Halloween.  For this year’s event, additional attractions have been added to make your day in Columbia memorable. Beginning at 4 p.m., the Columbia Mercantile is hosting a tri-tip dinner for $7.50 a plate.  After sundown, a free outdoor screening of a major motion picture filmed in Columbia will be held.

“Bring a low-back lawn chair and enjoy a great movie right in the heart of historic Columbia where the movie was made. Come join us for a weekend of family fun at Columbia State Historic Park,” said Claudia.

Claudia owns the Columbia Mercantile along with partner Lisa Taylor.

For more information, call 209-536-1672 or visit columbiacalifornia.com.

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