BENTONVILLE, Ohio — On Friday, the 42nd Bentonville Harvest Festival will begin and will last until Sunday. This years’ theme is “Let Freedom Ring.”
This years’ festival is taking place on a historical year. It is the 165year anniversary of the Bentonville Anti-Horse Thief Society and it is also the 70-year anniversary of the Bentonville post office being in the same location, inside Berna Naylor’s home. Naylor is the oldest post master in the United States.
“It’s an event that’s meant to be shared by the whole community. It’s a wonderful time to get together to celebrate and to enjoy ourselves” said Sue Naylor who organizes the festival.
Opening night will begin the registration for the pageants at 5 p.m.. Soon after, at 5:30, will be the opening ceremony. Following that at 6 p.m. will begin the pageants. The categories are Little Toddler Miss and Mister, Little Miss and Little Mister, Princess, Jr. Miss, and Queen.
Saturday starting at 7:30 a.m., registration for the 5K race will begin and the race will start an hour later at Union Church. There will be a baby show contest, a car show, and a tractor and farm machinery equipment display. Craft and flea market booths will be set up, a bounce house will be available for children, food booths will be open, and games will be going on all day long.
Along with all the festivities, other contests and shows for Saturday include a pet show, demonstration from the Manchester Fire Department, a beard contest, and an “oldest” contest. Mark Tolle and Uncle Sam will be entertaining guests and the grand parade will start at 2:30 with an auction following immediately after.
On Sunday, the Harvest Festival will end with a church service at the Bentonville Christian Union Church at 11 a.m. Those attending should bring a lawn chair.
For more information contact Sue Naylor at 937-549-3360.