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Cobourg Harvest Festival returns this weekend

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

COBOURG - Cobourg's Harvest Festival is a combination fall-fair-like festival with axe throwing, alpacas and paddling puppeteers thrown in - but on downtown Cobourg streets, explains spokesperson Paige Montgomery.

Hosted by the Cobourg Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA), this Saturday's festival is in year two following a hiatus, the DBIA communications coordinator said in an interview.

"This year we've brought in a lot of new activities, really focused on seasonal vendors, and upped the decorations.

"We have vintage tractors from the Hope Agricultural Heritage Club as (well as) learning and photo opportunities on Second Street"¦New activities include axe throwing from Upper Canada Axe Throwing, pony rides, an alpacas petting zoo, entertainment from the Paddling Puppeteers, a live wood carving demonstration, and square dancing at the top (end) of Second Street from 10 a.m. to noon."

There will be fall foods including wood-fired pizza and chili, Montgomery continued.

"A few special vendors to this festival include She Dreams of Bones Creations, Artesano Canada, Arsenyk Apparel, Vintage Pizza Pie Co., and Nuevo Norte Alpacas products," she added.

Between 4,000 and 6,000 people usually attend Cobourg's downtown events, and weather permitting, that kind of turnout is once again anticipated.

"With students being home for Thanksgiving, the Harvest Festival is the perfect opportunity to get out with family, friends and neighbors to enjoy what your hometown has to offer," Montgomery said, adding that it "all conveniently wraps up before Thanksgiving dinner."

The street festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the Cobourg Farmers' Market and Art at the Market from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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