Annual Harvest Fest draws huge crowd

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Caraway Mayor Barry Riley (left) presented Mark Shasteen with a proclamation declaring Saturday, Oct. 26, Mark Shasteen Day in Caraway. The proclamation was to thank Shasteen who has been organizing the city's annual harvest festival for 13 years.

The 13th Annual Caraway Harvest Festival, held Saturday, Oct. 26, was a huge success with more than 50 booths, live music and more.

Caraway Mayor Barry Riley said the city's annual Harvest Festival keeps getting bigger and better thanks to organizer Mark Shasteen.

"He organized the first Harvest Festival for the city 13 years ago and he works hard every year to make sure it is better than the last," Riley said. "He has coached ball teams in this town for years and has worked to digitize our cemetery records and is just such a good person."

Riley got a little emotional when he presented Shasteen with a proclamation declaring Oct. 26 Mark Shasteen Day in Caraway and thank him for his endless work for the Caraway Community.

This year's Harvest Fest featured antique tools, cars, tractors, live music and food vendors of all kinds. There were candles, home decor, knifes, tee shirts and so much more offered at the well over 50 booths set up downtown at the festival.

"We had everything you could imagine here today including a wedding proposal," Riley said. "This is really a great event for our town. It brings in hundreds of people."

Riley wanted to thank all those that had booths, volunteered, donated prizes and worked hard to make the event a success for a 13th year. This year's Caraway Harvest Fest had no shortage of prizes with booths giving away money, gift cards and baskets but the main event came at the end of the day when a trailer full of prizes was given away. Prizes were broken down by age group and include mp3 players, toddler toys, electric heather, cash, gift certificates, tools, toys for 7-11 year olds, bibles and countless other items.

There was a bull busting event held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Caraway Rodeo arena in conjunction with the Harvest Festival.

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