Randy Maucher, left, and Becca Maucher grab some fresh produce from a local farm's stand at last year's  Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce's Harvest Festival on Sept. 15, 2018.


Live music, food trucks and a fall farmers market will be available at the second annual Harvest Fest in Arlington on Sept. 7.

The event from the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce is put on at Legion Park in downtown Arlington. It begins at 5 p.m. with the band the Shameless Hussy beginning around 7 p.m., although opening acts are planned before that as well.

“We’re going to have live music from Shameless Hussy in the park, have an evening farmers market with the same type of vendors, and we’ll have a scavenger hunt that will start next Friday,” said Jennifer Egger, executive director of the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Last year was the first time the chamber had put on the event.

“It was great. We had over 1,500 people that came through,” said Egger.

“The stage is a really great asset to the community, so it’s fun to be able to use it in ways like this,” she said.

The response to the event was pretty good, said Egger.

“We kept hearing that it looks like a Hallmark movie because we strung up all the lights and because of the farmers market,” she said.

This year’s event will have the same type of feel, she said.

This year’s band will be the Shameless Hussy. “They describe themselves as good time blues, rock, R&B and soul,” said Egger.

People are encouraged to come to the park to hear the band and bring chairs.

“It’s just a lot of fun. We are encouraging everyone to bring their lawn chairs and picnic blankets, and umbrellas if the weather looks like it’s going to be bad,” said Egger.

There will be beer and wine served at the event again this year, although Egger said the event will still be family friendly.

“We’ll have the beer and wine garden again, with cider from Elemental Cider who recently moved to Arlington,” she said.

Food trucks and a farmers market will also provide more opportunities for food and shopping at the Harvest Fest.

New this year will be a high-tech scavenger hunt that will begin before the Harvest Fest and will be announced on the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

“It’s an app that you will download on your phone,” said Egger.

“You will search for different things in Stilly Valley and there will be different businesses to check in to and different pieces of art,” she said.

The hunt will range from Oso to Silvana to downtown Arlington, she said.

A winner will be announced at the Harvest Fest with a $500 prize.

Egger said the event began last year as a way to end the summer season.

“It’s kind of a great way to end the summer. After September, your weather gets a little questionable so this is a fun way to bring the community together,” she said.

More information about the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce is available at stillyvalleychamber.com.

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