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091319 bowman harvest festival

The 17th annual Bowman Harvest Festival is coming this weekend with family-friendly activities for everyone.

Held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 13-15, the festival opens at 6 p.m. Friday on Main Street in Bowman with vendors offering food, crafts and toys in a carnival atmosphere until 11 p.m.

Main Street will be closed to traffic during this time.

On Saturday, a barbecue cook-off will be held, with ribs and barbecue chicken in the running. Contestants must start with raw meat and bring it to the event by 7 a.m. Judging will happen at noon.

The vendors will return and there will be two amusement rides as well. There will also be games, including bingo.

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The parade starts at 10 a.m. and there are a lot of participants signed up already, event co-founder Michael Void said.

A youth basketball tournament is tentatively scheduled for the afternoon at the town park.

The event ends at 11 p.m. that night.

The festival starts back up at 2 p.m. Sunday, after church. Void said the festival will feature a “Gospel Day” Sunday, with groups singing. The event concludes at 6 p.m.

“It’s been growing tremendously and we’ve been very fortunate that we haven’t had any problems,” Void said. “We’ve got new lights in the park so the kids can have some place to congregate in the evening. They have a great time.”

The festival was originally designed to coincide with the harvest season and give kids something fun to do after the start of the school year, he said.

“It’s been great over the years. We’ve been really fortunate. Every year it’s growing and getting bigger and bigger,” Void said.

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Contact the writer: chuff@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5543.

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