There are less than two weeks until , which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10. The event will be held at , and the has chosen the theme of a “Tribute to Man’s Best Friend.”
“Many of our Hazelwood residents are dog owners and recognize the benefits of having a canine in their household,” said Hazelwood Mayor Matthew Robinson in a statement. “Not only are dogs good for improving children’s self-esteem because of the unconditional love given to their masters, but also they can provide protection for family members as well as property.”Hazelwood Harvestfest Schedule Event Time
Parade 9 a.m. John Ford Highland Pipe Band
10 a.m. Petting Zoo 10 a.m. - noon Horseshoe Tournament 10:30 a.m.
Miss Hazelwood Coronation 10:30 a.m. Home Run Derby-Ages 7-12
11 a.m. Free Bingo Noon Pony Rides 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Horseshoe Tournament 1:30 p.m. Free Bingo 2 p.m.
- Used Book Sale
- Arts & Crafts Show
- Children’s Craft Area
- Information Booths
- Food & Game Booths
- City Services Tent Giveaways
- Obstacle Course
- Giant Dual Slide
- Jurassic Zoo Play Area
All day events
Below are descriptions of each event to occur at the Hazelwood Harvestfest.
Purina Incredible Dog Team
To help highlight the importance of dogs, the Hazelwood Parks and Recreation Division has made arrangements for the Purina Incredible Dog Team to perform four shows throughout the day at Howdershell Park. This team is comprised of more than eight trainers and 30 canines that travel across the country performing at public events.
Hazelwood’s 2011 Harvestfest will begin with a parade that begins at at 9 a.m. The parade route follows along Town and Country, Holiday, Imperial and Village Square Drives. Music will be performed by the John Ford Highland Pipe Band and 's Marching Wildcats.
Miss Hazelwood Coronation
At 10:30 a.m., the reigning 2010 Miss Hazelwood Nikki Napolitano will host this year’s coronation ceremony on the stage of the St. Louis County Bandwagon located by the tennis courts.
The Children’s Activity Area will feature an inflatable obstacle course, a giant dual slide and a Jurassic Zoo Play area for younger kids.
An arts and crafts section will be set up inside the tennis courts where children can get a stuffed, white autographed dog.
There will also be a Petting Zoo, free pony rides and a Home Run Derby for kids age 7-12, which begins at 11 a.m. The St. Louis Gateway Arch Chapter of Safari Club International is bringing its 28-foot trailer that showcases 50 mounts of wild animals for people to see up close and touch.
Two tournaments will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the horseshoe pits at the park. The format will involve random draw partnering. Registration for both events will begin a half-hour early. Admission is free and open to people of all ages. Trophies will be awarded to the top finishers.
The Hazelnuts will carry on the tradition of sponsoring two Bingo sessions at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. underneath the park pavilion. Anyone can play. Gift cards, small household items and snacks will be given away as prizes.
The headline band for this year is NONSTOP ROCK, a classic rock
band. This group will perform from 2 - 6 p.m. on the stage of the St. Louis County Bandwagon. NONSTOP features the music of Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Blues Brothers, Bruce Springsteen and Aretha
Franklin. It also plays Motown covers, R&B, Southern Rock, Funk, Blues and Jazz.
Used Book Sale
Fair-goers can browse through hundreds of donated books in good condition and purchase them at a discount price. All proceeds will be used to purchase newspaper and magazine subscriptions for Hazelwood’s two recreation centers, to support the Community Enrichment Commission’s “Reading is Elementary Program,” and to provide resources for the Hazelwood Garden Club.
Arts & Crafts Show / Information Booths
An Arts and Crafts Show will be ongoing on the north side of the park. There will also be an area set up for local companies to promote their products and services, as well as for charity groups to raise money with game or food booths.
City Services Tent
The Parks and Recreation staff will be giving away grocery tote bags with Hazelwood’s “H” logo printed on them. Other items such as Frisbees, plastic bags used for pooper scoopers, and dog
biscuits will be distributed as well.
The City Services Tent will also be the collection site for retired American flags. Residents with faded or tattered flags can bring them to the tent throughout the day. The collected flags will be given to
the VFW for a proper disposal ceremony.