Community Interest

Highlights from the 2017 Augusta Harvest Festival

By Dianne Sudbrock

The August Harvest Festival got underway Friday night, Sept. 15 with a wonderful and well-attended concert in the vineyard. Saturday, the highlight of the daytime activities was the Harvest parade, with a musical theme designed to mimic the 1900s Harmony Verein parade depicted in Bryan Haynes’ painting.

Children’s activities, food and refreshments, and pony rides continued in the Town Square, while artists and artisans sold their ware in booths along Walnut Street; and guided walking tours showcased the incredible German-American heritage of Augusta.

A traditional local favorite of the event is the pie contest. There were 16 entries (i.e. 32 pies) this year. The top three winners in each category were as follows. Fruit Pies – 1st place Debby Rasaic Cherry Pie; 2nd place Jodi Howell Repke Centennial Apple Pie; 3rd place Eva Gaugh Blueberry Lemon Zest Pie.  Cream Pies – 1st place Maria Xenos Baklava Galaktos & Mastic Cream Pie; 2nd place Katie Partridge Chicago Peanut Butter Pie; 3rd place Heidi Bohrman Chocolate Cream Pie. (Each contestant provides 2 pies, one for judging, one for the pie walk.)

Saturday’s events capped with an elegant Wine Maker’s Social at the Harmonie Verein / American Legion showcasing wines from the original AVA (American Viticultural Area).
On Sunday, the weekend’s activities concluded with a Heritage Day at the Harmonie Verein / American Legion. Activities included German music in the gazebo, historical talks/presentations, German artifacts, art sale and art contest award, and a delicious Pork Steak Dinner.

The Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce thanks everyone who attended and participated in any way, as well as all who helped plan and coordinate the event. Your support is deeply and sincerely appreciated.


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Costumed characters depicted early German settlers; and court jesters inspired
by the Bryan Haynes' painting of a 1900s Harmonie Verein parade.


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Bob Pecoraro and Deborah Goodn (reenactors from the Boone Home),
depicting early German Settlers.


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Augusta Musicians - playing old time music.


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Jack Gerdiman and his dad, Jeremy on their John Deere Model A.


5. WALCH FAMILY CROPPED WEB IMG_1274.jpg
The Walch Family, Emil, Tiffany, Addison, Paige and Amber (the dog.)


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1936 Mercedes Benz


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A little green jeep - sponsored by Augusta Brewing Company.


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Kids dressed in costumes and decorated their bikes in harvest and/or historical themes. 


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Kids dressed in costumes and decorated their bikes in harvest and/or historical themes. 


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Booths along walnut street featured pottery, ironwork, glassware, linens,
and other hand crafted items.


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Shopping at the pottery booth.


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The very talented young lady playing the violin on Walnut Street.


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Enjoying the playground in the town square.