Harvest Festival is one of two or so ‘big’ events in Tiny Town. It’s the week where highschool football does its Homecoming thing and the school kids all dress up in various costumes for the week, and apparently they now also have a whole community gig with music, kids activities like – and I kid you not – “Wheat on the Street” which is apparently just a pile of wheat with toys in it for the kids to play in.
Wheat on the Street – who comes up with this stuff?!
Anyway, there’s vendors and crafts too, and the downtown business (all like, 4 of them) do some sidewalk sales and such. I’m an Usborne Books consultant, so I signed myself up to be a vendor. Then we discovered it’s gonna rain. A lot. Like, all day.
So instead, we moved the vendors indoors into a giant grain elevator/feed plant building where a lot of other activites were to be held, and set up shop there. And it was COLD. Holy cats it was cold. I wore two shirts, a puffy vest, a coat, sweatpants, and wool socks, and I was still freezing. They turned on some sort of heater thing, but it put out approximately one degree of heat if you stood within five inches of it. They turned on a second one, but it died. The huge truck doors were open, and I shivered and shivered and blew on my hands and sold books with a frozen smile.
And then finally, my dear mother came with a hat, gloves and hot tea. YAY! Have I mentioned that I love my mother? I really love her.
This whole time, the kids are in the next “room” where they actually have heat. Some, anyway. More than we did. So they’re running around like maniacs in the pile of wheat with no shoes, no socks, and coats stripped off. They dug in there, got a free bucket and toy, zoomed around a little haybale surrounded racetrack on tiny bikes, and even made playdough out of wheat they got to grind themselves.
The playdough was warm. I actually convinced one of the kids to go make more so I could stuff a bag of it into my pocket for warmth.
I felt like nobody was buying anything, but I wound up selling quite a bit of stuff, which was great! Definitely worth my time. And hey, the kids had fun all day long. I’d planned on getting more pictures of the activities, but my phone died really early in the day, and of course there were no convenient outlets.