Battle Ground Harvest Days is set to bring the community together yet again for a fun-filled two-day festival in July.
Organizer Kendra Laratta noted the event will be different this year, but said there will still be plenty of fun opportunities for people.
“In the past, the Battle Ground Festivals Association has been able to bring in a mechanical carnival with rides, and that has been a great addition to Harvest Days as other events and activities have been taking place,” Laratta said. “But this year, there are no carnivals available for our area for our timeframe. We contacted everybody and there were just no mechanical carnivals coming out here with worker shortages and the gas issues.”
Harvest Days will still feature a plethora of events even without the carnival. The Harvest Nights Cruise will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 15. There will also be a beer garden with live music on July 15 and July 16. It will open at noon and is located west of the Margarita Factory at 11 N. Parkway Ave.
There will also be a pancake breakfast at Battle Ground High School from 7 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, which will be hosted by Clark County Fire District 3. The funds from the pancake breakfast will go toward a person or group in need, according to organizer John Idsinga.
Then at 10 a.m. on July 16, the Harvest Days parade will take place.
Once it concludes, there will be a classic BMX bicycle show at the skatepark at 912 E. Main St. near the community center from noon to 4 p.m.
“Some of these bikes come from quite a ways away and can be worth as much as $10,000 to $15,000, so there should be some interesting bikes to see,” Laratta said.
Laratta said there will also be entertainment at the main stage at Battle Ground High School from noon to 5 p.m.
“We’re expecting a couple K-9 shows to happen from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, and some music and entertainment,” she said. “We got a magician who’s coming out (too).”
The vendor fair will run from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, which will be hosted by the Battle Ground Boosters Club. The beer garden will run throughout that day. There will also be bouncy castles, slides, and obstacle courses for kids. People can purchase a $10 wristband to access them.
The parade is expected to feature a number of politicians who are running for election, as well as marching bands, which were absent in the last two parades, Laratta said.
The dancing horses are also set to return to the parade.
Idsinga said the Royal Rosarians will plant a rose in honor of Battle Ground’s citizen of the year, Tyler Mode, at Central Park following the parade.
To top it all off, a fireworks show is set to take place at 10 p.m. on July 16 near the Lewisville campus, which will be the city’s first time putting on a fireworks show for Harvest Days. Laratta said it’ll be “quite a good show.”
Entrants for the parade must register online at battlegroundfestivals.com/events/harvest-days-parade. More information about Harvest Days can be found online at battleground
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