CRESTLINE – Soon, Crestline will be filled with the cheers of children, colorful lights and the smell of delicious fried food. The Crestline Harvest Festival takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday along Thoman Street from Bucyrus to the main streets.
The festival kicks off at 5 p.m. Thursday with an opening ceremony on the main stage next to the fire department.
Rides will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Prices for all-day wristbands are $10 for Thursday, $14 for Friday, and $17 for Saturday. Individual tickets are $2 each or 20 tickets for $30. Each ride will cost 2-3 tickets.
The Crestline Harvest Festival Little Miss Pageant begins at 5:30 p.m. on the Main Stage, followed by the Princess Pageant at 6 p.m. and the Queen’s Pageant at 7 p.m.
After the competitions, Pioneer Performing Arts will take over the main stage at 9:00 a.m.
Friday’s main stage entertainment includes Jess Kellie Adams on the main stage at 6 p.m. and Nashville Crush at 8:30 p.m. Also Friday, free seniors bingo from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Crestline Community Center, presented by Crawford County Council Aging. Open to people aged 55 and over, attendees must register in advance by calling 419-562-3050.
Saturday events start early at 7 a.m. with the Crestline Fire Department Pancake Breakfast at the fire station.
Back, the Blue Car & Motorcycle Show starts at 9am in the Village Hall parking lot and on Seltzer Street.
A craft show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. under a tent on the lawn of the Methodist Church.
The Royal Princesses will be available for photos at midday at Rolling Bean Spots.
The Harvest Festival Parade begins at 3:30 p.m., departing from Kelly Park, down Bucyrus Street.
Alumni Night and Bulldog Backers will take place at 6 p.m. at the Hub.
Saturday main stage entertainment features Direct Energy at 6 p.m. and McGuffey Lane at 8:30 p.m.
Many contests will be offered this year. Entry forms for all competitions are available at Crestline Schools, the Crestline Public Library, Town Hall and online at crestlineharvestfestival.com.
Kids Stage competition
The Crestline Cuties contest, a new contest this year, begins at 9:30 a.m. There are two age groups: 0-2 and 3-4. A registration fee of $5 per child is due at the event.
The Most Creative Updo/Hairstyle Contest begins at 10:15 a.m. for ages 1-8 and 9+.
Hula Hoop begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by Limbo at 10:45 a.m., for ages 5-10 and 11+.
Another new addition, Cookie Face, starts at 11 a.m. for kids ages 4-9 and 10-18.
The water balloon launch is at 11:15 a.m. and there must be two people on each team. This is for ages 5-10 and ages 11+.
Main Stage Competition
The Hay Bale Toss competition returns for a second year. Starting at 11:30 a.m., the age groups are 8 and under, 9-12, 13-17, and 18 and over.
Pizza Eating, presented by Checkers, begins at 12:30 p.m. Age categories are 8-12, 13-17, and 18+.
Wing Eating, presented by Just Jokin’ Bar and Grill, is limited to the first 10 entries. Age groups are 13-17 and 18+.
The beard contest is at 1:30 p.m., presented by Ed’s Barber Shop. For ages 18 and up, there are 5 categories including goatee, full beard, partial beard, mustache and crowd favorite.
At 7:30 p.m., a free throw contest will be held at St. Joe’s Convocation Center.