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Family Day at the 2022 Augusta Harvest Festival

On Saturday, September 17, the Augusta Harvest Festival Family Day kicked off with the annual pancake breakfast in the Augusta Town Square, sponsored by the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce (GACC). Five volunteers, including two well-experienced grill cooks, prepared and served sausage patties, plain and fresh blueberry pancakes, coffee and complimentary water bottles. Part of the proceeds will help fund new playground equipment in the Town Square. The GACC would like to thank all the hard-working volunteers, locals, and visitors who participated in this annual breakfast, making it a tremendous success!

In addition to the breakfast that morning, a 5K run/walk took place on the streets of Augusta and on the Katy Trail. There were 40 participants, and all proceeds benefitted the GACC. The 1st place winners in each category were – Elise Temme, Micah Gargrave, Rachel Durbin, Cody Burkett, Steven Halker, Kate Brady, Sean Emmett Brady, Wendy Lauber, Tim Hermann and Debra Hermann. Congratulations to all the participants!

The Augusta Harvest Festival Parade made its way through Town on Saturday. There was a good turnout for the parade and some great entries this year. Randy and Lisa Hobson announced the parade winners, along with Miss Missouri Earth, Robin Torres. The Grand Marshall, "Gertie" the goat, was awarded a trophy. Gertie was dressed as a pumpkin for the day. There was also a trophy for the runner-up Grand Marshall - Chester; Paul and Melissa Hughes’ 12-year-old French Bulldog. The parade winners were: Most Comical Award - the Augusta Plein Air for their “Bob Ross” float; Best Transportation Award - Dan and his 1955 Ford T-Bird with Miss Missouri Earth; and Best of Augusta Award - Augusta Elementary. Other entries included the Augusta Fire Protection District, Blondin Professional Real Estate, Town & Country Nursery (they handed out small pumpkins during the parade,) Hoffman Hillermann Nursery and Florist and others. Thanks to everyone who participated, organized and sponsored this great event.

The winners of the pie contest were announced by Trey Smith: Junior Bakers category - 1st place Lucy Cavanaugh for her Best Apple Pie - Trust Me; 2nd place Stella Murphy for Lemon Meringue; and 3rd place Ava Auzat for a Coconut Praline Pie.

Adult Fruit Pie winners – 1st place Jennifer Mallinckrodt for her Bourbon Caramel Apple Pie; 2nd place Ruth Ann Brown for a Mango Margarita Pie; and 3rd place Tiffany Walch for a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie.

Adult Cream Pie winners – 1st place and Grand Champion was Patty Wood for a Coconut Cream Pie; 2nd place Anastasia Adelman for an Apple Crumble Custard Pie; and 3rd place Emil Welch for his Salted Caramel Chocolate Peanut Pie.

The top three winning pies were auctioned off to the crowd to the highest bidders. The Best Apple Pie – Trust Me sold for $30, the Bourbon Caramel Apple Pie sold for $55, and the Coconut Cream Pie sold for $40. All proceeds from the Pie Contest went to the GACC.

Lynn Buchheit awarded the Scarecrow Contest winners: 1st place and $250 to Nicole McCloud for her Augusta Baseball Scarecrows; 2nd place and $150 to Marj and Randal Oaks for “Marj Chasing Rabbits”; and 3rd place and $100 to Tiffany Walch for “The Romantic Swing.”

The Town Square was filled with activities for the whole family. There was a bounce house and slide, food, drinks and pie slices for sale. Pony Rides benefiting the GACC were available with ponies from Meadow Crest Farms, Catawissa, MO. The Texas Giants entertained the crowd with some great music throughout the event.

The Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the sponsors, volunteers, participants, visitors, and the town of Augusta for the continued support of this annual Augusta tradition.

Thanks to Marcy Menke, Angela Stephens, Trey Smith, Randy and Lisa Hobson, and Lynn Buchheit for their help in compiling all the information from the day.

Scott Repke and his son, Tyler Repke led the parade.


Augusta Elementary won for the award for Best of Augusta. 

Gertie the goat was the Grand Marshall of the parade this year.


Winner for Most Comical. August Plein Air for their Bob Ross entry.

Dan was the winner of Best Transportation for his 1955 T-Bird.


Front (L-R) Max, Molly, McKenna Baravik.
Back (L-R) Sarah Baravik and Julia Kurtz enjoy the Augusta Harvest Festival Parade.


Augusta Elementary PTO selling food and drinks in the Town Square. 


Nicole McCloud won 1st place for her Augusta Baseball Scarecrows.


Bill Squire Meadow Crest Farms.

Stella Murphy took 2nd in the
Jr. Bakers pie contest. 

Students from Augusta Elementary with Randy Hobson (far left) and Miss Missouri Earth.

Pies from the pie contest for sale by the slice and whole pies.

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