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    Locals Bring in the Fall Season with the 29th Annual Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show at the Ventura Fairgrounds Oct. 5-7

    Locals Bring in the Fall Season with the 29th Annual Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show at the Ventura Fairgrounds Oct. 5-7

    Harvest Festival







    Showcasing a colossal collection of handmade creations, the Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show, comes to the Ventura County Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday October 5-7 with more than 24,000 original works from hundreds of exhibitors nationwide. The artful celebration boasts live entertainment, strolling performers, a Kidzone with pumpkin patch, demonstrations, contests, and more.

    This marks the 29th season for the Harvest Festival in Ventura, a treasured fall tradition recognized as the largest and most prestigious indoor showcase on the west coast. Multi-talented artists & crafters will showcase their originals of stunning jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, oils, hand-turned wood, ceramics, eclectic art pieces, seasonal décor, Halloween accessories, ornaments, and blown glass, among others. Patrons know with confidence that each of the works is made by hand and selected only after meeting criteria for excellence. Many of the artists can personalize items for that extra special holiday gift.

    “We’ve been working for decades to create the quintessential shopping encounter that engages our patrons on every level,” says Nancy Glenn, owner of the Harvest Festival. “It’s all about sharing in an immersive experience you can’t get anywhere else. Whether you’re a DIY devotee, or an avid art collector, our presentation brings together emerging artists whose passions spark excitement and new trends.”

     The Festival collaborates with local non-profits to give back to the community. Patrons who bring non-perishables for donation to Food Share receive $2 off admission.  Last year, close to 2,000 pounds were collected to help feed locals in need. The Ventura Boys & Girls Club hosts the parcel check, while Kidstream and Macaroni Kid serve up fun in the Kidzone. The Rancho Ventura Conservation Trust will present a nature interactive in conjunction with the pumpkin patch, sponsored by Green Thumb Nursery. The Ventura County Star is the official daily newspaper.

    A sampling of local artisans include: Neil Coffman of Santa Barbara with unique mystical wands, Jackie Rom of Thousand Oaks with yummy designer chocolates from Cocoa Rome Chocolate Company, Pam Amputh of Thousand Oaks with up-cycled Forkedelic jewelry created from vintage flatware, Connie Gunderson of Ventura with stunning vintage cloth handbags and accessories from Heavenly Accents, Dale Tabrizi of Moorpark with Tabrizi Designs vintage hats and accessories, and Jan Rem of Oak View whose innovative and fine crafted bags keep veggies fresh for refrigerator storage with Ambrosia Linen Produce Bags.

    General admission tickets are $9, Seniors (62+) and military are $7, Youths ages 13-17 are $4, and kids 12 and under are FREE. Tickets are good for the entire weekend.

    Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 West Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001) or call 925/ 392-7300

    Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 10am-5pm

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