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NCI SPONSORS: Hazelwood Harvestfest

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NCI SPONSORS: Hazelwood Harvestfest

September 9, 2017


The City of Hazelwood is gearing up to host another all-day Harvestfest on Saturday, September 9th, at Howdershell Park, 6810 Howdershell Road, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. It offers a variety of fun activities for the young and old alike. Many of the traditional favorites are being brought back, as well as a few new ones to add more entertainment value.


Since the Parks and Recreation Division received rave reviews for adding mechanical rides to last year’s Harvestfest, the department has made arrangements to offer new ones. These rides include the Ballistic Swing and the Revenge of the Sea.

The Ballistic Swing goes around and around for the spin of your life! It starts off slow then picks up speed and goes around very fast. The eight buckets can seat up to three kids and 2 adults each so the whole family can can enjoy this ride together.

The Revenge of the Sea is a smaller version of The Joker at Six Flags. Kids and adults can dream of sailing the high seas as they rock back-and-forth in a pirate ship, going higher each time.


The purpose of this annual city-wide event is to bring the community together and to make residents proud of their hometown. It’s also a great opportunity for Hazelwood to showcase all the first-class amenities it has to offer to people outside the area. “Each year we organize the Harvestfest event to say ‘thank you’ to our residents for making Hazelwood such a great place to live and to make them proud of their community,” Hazelwood Mayor Matthew Robinson said. In addition, North County Inc. (NCI) believes Hazelwood’s Harvestfest is a “must see” attraction and has agreed to be a 2017 event sponsor.


Parking will be available at Howdershell Park, as well as at White Birch Park located at 1186 Teson Road. Shuttle buses will be running back and forth on a regular basis throughout the day.


In addition to the mechanical rides, other featured activities include the Xtreme Obstacle Course, Star Defender Combo, Giant Trikes and a Giant Dual Slide. Test your skills as a ninja warrior on the Xtreme Obstacle Course. The Star Defender Combo is designed for small children and features a moonwalk area, a crawl-through, a climbing obstacle, an exterior slide and an interior/exterior basketball hoop. Relive childhood memories of peddling a three-wheeler with the Giant Trikes and race to see who’s the fastest. And, enjoy sliding down a giant inflatable slide. Mechanical Rides, Inflatables and Fun Activities Highlight Hazelwood Harvestfest, Add One


The favorite activities that people love to do year after year are back again for everyone’s enjoyment. The most popular are the Bingo sessions, sponsored by Hazelnuts. They are scheduled for Noon and 2 p.m. Horseshoe Tournaments will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. In addition, the Miss Hazelwood Coronation starts at 10:30 a.m. Several changes have been made to the Miss Hazelwood program to make it more appealing for young women, ages 15 to 18, to participate. One of them is the amount of scholarship money the new Miss Hazelwood gets, which has jumped from $1,000 to $1,500. In addition, the Miss Hazelwood participants will be wearing more casual attire rather than formal gowns.


From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., event goers can try their artistic skills painting NoCo Rocks or Hazelwood Rocks at the T.E.A.M. Food Pantry booth. This is a new cooperative activity between the City of Hazelwood and T.E.A.M. T.E.A.M.’s Board Secretary and Chief Fund-Raiser Patricia Piotrowicz is talented with creating bird houses and other crafts. She will be on-hand to give creative suggestions and to make sure there’s enough rocks and paint for everyone to use.

This project was inspired by Andrew Harris and his wife, Lindsey, who started NoCo Rocks on Facebook. This summer, they encouraged children and adults to show their pride for North County by painting a NoCo design on rocks and leaving them at different places around North County. People who find the rocks can either re-hide them for another person or keep them if they have a special message on them. While Facebook is the tool, Andrew and Lindsey believe most of the magic happens when people gather around a table and bond together.

Piotrowicz also will be on-site to accept any food donations or cash contributions for T.E.A.M. She will be raffling off three gift baskets for people to win as well. On a monthly basis, T.E.A.M. supports 800-900 families in the Hazelwood and Florissant areas. This requires strong support from the public and the 36 churches sponsoring T.E.A.M. to continue providing enough resources to meet this growing need. Unfortunately, May through October is the food pantry’s slowest time for donations. Any help from the public with food or cash donations will be greatly appreciated.


Crafters who purchase booth space for $35 can showcase their home-made creations. Non-profit groups will be running carnival games and selling food items as fund-raising projects at the event. Organizations and businesses will be handing out literature at information booths set up in the park as well. Those who wish to reserve a booth at this year’s Harvestfest should contact Pam Reynolds at (314) 731-0980. Booth space is limited.


FatPocket is St. Louis’ highest energy party band featuring razor sharp rhythms, hot horns and powerhouse vocals. This “A-List,” award-winning band will be bringing the party to Howdershell Park from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. FatPocket brings back the LIVE energy of the 60’s – 80’s to the Top 40 Chart Toppers of today. Unlike other cover bands, the horns of FatPocket are up front partying with the singers and audience, strutting their moves for a one-of-a-kind experience that can only be seen at a Bruno Mars show! It is a dynamic party band that is new, different, fresh and fun.


The Hazelwood Parks and Recreation Division staff plans to give away these items, while supplies last, at the tent: spray hand sanitizers; car fresheners; nutty putty (like silly putty); lifesavers; measuring spoons; and spinners. Members of Hazelwood’s Green Committee will be collecting people’s recycling pledge cards and offering recycling games and hand-outs as well. In addition, Community Enrichment Commission members will be passing out brochures and telling people about the Commission’s Community Service Awards Program, Blue Ribbon Home Awards Program and other City events they sponsor. Plus, they plan to raffle off mums for residents to plant in their yards.


September 9, 2017


North County Incorporated

350B Village Square Drive
Hazelwood, Missouri 63042
phone: (314) 895-6241


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