FORT LORAMIE – The 40th anniversary celebration of the Loramie Lake Fall Harvest Festival kicks off Friday, September 16 and continues through Sunday, September 18.
The theme of this year’s festival is “From Horse Power to Tractor Power”. New to this year’s festival is a team of Belgian horses, sponsored by the Theodore J. Barhorst family. The horses will be exhibited in a tent near the camp office.
“They’re calling for good weather,” park ranger Jason Whitman said. “We are going to have autumn weather for the festival. I can not wait to be there.
The Boy Scouts, along with the Fort Loramie Community Fire and Rescue Department, will raise the American flag each day of the festival. The flag raising will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday; and at noon on Saturday and Sunday.
The Fort Loramie Power Show sponsors a National Kiddie Tractor Pull. The event will take place Saturday at 1 p.m., with registration starting at noon. Trophies will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in three different age categories: three and four year olds; five and six years old; and seven and eight years old. Placing first, second or third makes the child eligible to compete in the national competition at the Darke County Fairgrounds in April 2023.
Over 60 arts and crafts vendors will be on hand for the festival. Various food vendors will also be on hand for the event.
There will be ax throwing demonstrations by the Mountainman Encampment throughout the weekend.
Friday night’s entertainment will be “Buffalo Theory” at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage. Thick and Thin will perform in the musical tent from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Saturday, the Fort Loramie Alumni Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. A performance of Act 3 will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m.
On Sunday, the Fort Loramie Marching Band will perform at noon on the stage, with the Minster High School Marching Band at 2:30 p.m.
Whitman said there are new events in the Power Show area this year.
Other events planned for the festival include a stationary baler demonstration, DARE agent fingerprinting; crafts with the naturalist in the nature tent; Saturday tractor parade and chainsaw carving demonstrations throughout the weekend by Tim Kuening.
Plenty of food will be available for purchase, he said. The majority of food stalls are local organizations that hold the event as fundraisers for their group.
“We try to focus on nonprofits for our food vendors,” Whitman said. “What these organizations harvest will come back to our community.”
Buckeye Farm Antiques will provide shuttle service for all three days. The shuttle will depart from the State Route 362 tour parking lot, Daniels Picnic Area, and the beach near the campground.
Anyone interested in serving on next year’s festival planning committee should contact Whitman.
Vintage tractors line the trails during the 2021 Loramie Lake Fall Harvest Festival.