Local Arlington vendors, food trucks and community members gathered for the Arlington Harvest Fest held on Sept. 7.

This is the second year that vendors from the Arlington Farmers Market and food trucks have gathered in the evening to put on an end of summer event.

The Harvest Fest is organized by the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce.

"It's going fabulous. We have a huge farmers market, a bunch of food trucks and the crowd is really starting to pick up," said Jennifer Egger, executive director of the chamber.

The Harvest Fest is meant to provide a community event for the end of summer where people can gather and have fun, said Egger. "This is a great way for us to wrap up the summer and all the fun activities that we have here. We just wanted there to be one more opportunity for the community to get together, eat some great food, hang out and check out some of our local breweries."

Local vendors sold a variety of items including honey, flowers, jellies, pastries and artwork.

Attendee Bill Thomas said his wife is one of the vendors and he is enjoying the event.

"I'm having a good time," he said.

Barbara Barr, owner of BB's Custom Creations, said she has been able to talk to a lot of potential customers at the Harvest Fest.

"It's been very good. I have had a lot of success here. There is a good mix of people coming down here," she said.

Local bands Kings of Hawaii and Shameless Hussy played at the Legion Park stage during the event.

Local Theresa Santos said she wanted to come down and see the event because of the opportunity to listen to the music.

"Someone told me Shameless Hussy was playing," she said. "We've been wanting to come see them when they play at the Mirkwood [Public House], but haven't yet."

A beer garden and a food truck provided refreshments and dinner for many at the event.

Egger said that the event is meant to be a family-friendly way to end the summer.

She said it was good just to provide Arlington locals a place to come to.

"I think that the people in our community love any excuse to get together and hang out. When you throw in good music and good food then that's a winner," she said.

More information about the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce and their events is available at stillvalleychamber.com.

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