This weekend, hundreds will gather in Ravenswood for the Harvest in the Wood festival.
The event will feature something for everyone, including a beer garden at McIntosh Park for adults and a Sunday Fun-Day event featuring two magic show performances, said Councilwoman Denise Toler, lead organizer of the event.
The weekend’s entertainment lineup includes Johnny Staats, Unbreakable, 3rd Rock, Goldtown and many others.
“I am super stoked about the entertainment lineup. It looks fantastic. Everything is falling into place,” Toler said.
Mayor Josh Miller said this year’s event, which is the second time the festival has been hosted in Ravenswood, is shaping up to be a great time for all.
“I think we marketed the festival really well this year. There has been a lot of new interest in it, a lot of people asking questions. “The thing I love about it is it features a little bit of everything.”
“We have different food vendors there. Everybody loves the music. We’re going to have an art show with the Board of Parks and Recreation in the McIntosh House next to the NYA hall. Chainsaw Dave will be back this year doing demonstrations,” Miller said.
The car and motorcycle show will be located near police headquarters and the Ravenswood Library, Toler said. As festival-goers work their way around Treasure Island, they will come to the bounces houses and numerous crafters and vendors set up throughout veterans park. There also will be several activities on and around the baseball field, including the chainsaw demonstrations and a slingshot contest in which participants will fire apples from a large slingshot at a large wooden pumpkin target, Toler said.
The Charity Challenge fundraiser race will take place Saturday morning. Registration is set for Friday evening.
The beer garden is located in McIntosh Park and will feature big-screen televisions broadcasting sporting events, including the WVU game on Saturday.
Miller said the beer garden worked out well last year.
“One thing I really want to tell folks is we take the security and safety of the beer garden seriously. We like to provide options for people to do different things. It’s just another option. The money will go back into the festival,” Miller said.
Golf carts will be available to trolley people back and forth from the shopping plaza to the festivities on Sycamore Street. Bleachers will be set up near the stage, and picnic tables will be located throughout the festival.
In addition to the music lineup, performances include the Ravenswood High School Band, cloggers, twirlers, gymnastics and more. City councilor Denise Toler has done a great job putting this together. It’s not an easy task, but she has a lot of ability when it comes to that. That’s her area of expertise.
Miller commended Toler and the numerous other individuals for their work in organizing the festival. Toler said she works closely with the Board of Parks and Recreation, the city council and a small army of volunteers, including the festival committee.
Miller said he believes the event will continue to grow. Officials hope the festival will help promote the city.
“What we’re trying to do is integrate it into the city, and get some of our local businesses involved and setting up shop. Last year, we had people coming from Charleston and Huntington and they enjoyed themselves,” Miller said.
“It really has something for everyone. It’s going to be a great time. I encourage people to come out and take an advantage of it,” Toler said.