MILTON — “Hopefully, the rain will not come.”
Those were the words of Milton Harvest Festival Chair Sue Rearick, as she was keeping a watchful eye Monday on the weather forecast for later this week.
With steady rain blanketing the area, Rearick announced Monday morning that the evening’s Scarecrow Patch had been postponed.
The patch will now take place from 5:30 to 7:30 this evening in the lot next to the Milton Moose Family Center on South Front Street.
Those who participate will be able to make a scarecrow for $5. The crows will be displayed throughout the week in the lot.
This will be a busy evening of festival-related activities.
Milton American Legion Post 71 will be holding a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony at 6 p.m. at the Milton State Park.
With rain a possibility at various times this week, Rearick will be keeping an eye on the sky.
“I really don’t want to cancel unless I absolutely have to,” she said. “It will go day-by-day and we will see what happens.”
She remains hopeful that rains from Hurricane Florence will not make their way to Central Pennsylvania later this week.
If downpours are in the forecast for Saturday, Rearick said the decision to cancel the arts, crafts and food vendors would be made by Friday.
As long as the weather holds out, Rearick expects Broadway and Bound Avenue to be filled with vendors this Saturday. The vendors are slated to be set up from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“I have 142 (vendor spaces),” Rearick said. “I have 12 spots left. I still have people calling me. I will take whoever calls me to fill them up.”
The decision to cancel any other festivities this week due to inclement weather would be made the day of the events.
Although rain started to fall this past Saturday afternoon, Rearick is hailing the first weekend of the festival as a success.
“I had 80-some (arts, crafts and food) vendors,” she said. “I think only eight did not show up. Some people don’t show up when it rains.”
Rearick described attendance by community members as “really good,” particularly in the morning hours.
“As the day went on, it started to slow down,” she said. “That’s because the rain started coming in.”
Big crowds also turned out for Saturday’s Princess Pageant, and Sunday’s Little Miss/Junior Miss Pageant.
Rearick noted that St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church was filled to capacity for Saturday’s pageant.
“It was crowded, it was very crowded in there,” she said. “As far as stage wise and everything, (pageant chair) Sarah (Dries) does a good job decorating.”
Sunday’s Little Miss/Junior Miss Pageant was held under the tabernacle at Central Oak Heights, West Milton.
“It went well,” Rearick said of the pageant. “It rained all day (Sunday), but people still came out.”
She estimates 150 were on hand for the Sunday pageant.
The two pageants had to be relocated as the Milton Area High School auditorium remains closed as the school district works to remediate high humidity and mold conditions from portions of its buildings.
Olivia Rearick was crowned Harvest Festival princess on Saturday.
On Sunday, Raelynn Jenkins was named Little Miss and Serenity Mitch was crowned Junior Miss.
In addition to this evening’s activities, the remainder of Harvest Festival events scheduled for this week include:
• Wednesday: Block Party, 6 to 9 p.m. along Bound Avenue, featuring a spaghetti eating contest at 7.
• Thursday: Harvest Pops Concert, 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 102 L. Market St., Milton.
• Friday: Teen Dance, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Milton Middle School cafeteria.
• Saturday: Arts, crafts and food vendors open, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Broadway and Bound Avenue; 5K race, registration from 7:30 to 9 a.m., race starts at 9:30 on Filbert Street; Milton Model Train Museum open, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. on the third floor of the Milton Moose Family Center; Harvest Festival parade, 1 p.m. along Front Street.
Staff writer Kevin Mertz can be reached at 570-742-9671 or email email@example.com.