"Reunion On The Ridge"
|The Harvest Festival Committee and I extend a warm welcome to all who join us for our fifth celebration. We try to have entertainment for all age groups so that each of you will have a pleasant and enjoyable day.
Our proceeds will go toward useful town and community projects. In the past, we have erected welcome signs, street signs, house numbers, purchased a new flag pole and two flags, Christmas lights, lettering for the Town Hall, one school band uniform, hosted a town reception, public speakers, and given two scholarships to high school seniors. The success of our festival is made possible by everyone working together faithfully and diligently.
A special thanks to you, our guests, for celebrating with us.
-- Shelby R. Yonce, 1986 Harvest Festival Chairperson
Although it turned out to be a rainy day, spirits were never dampened and the festival continued as planned. Citizens and visitors pulled out their raincoats and umbrellas and carried on.
A professional clown, Steve Harris, joined the audience around the stage following the parade. He kept events going and helped to save the day.
This was the first year to have a Welcome and Information Center. A tent was set up on the square in a central location. The Grand Marshall was our own Leon Everette of national fame in the Country and Western Music Industry.
Due to the weather, the street dance was moved to the gymnasium of the RSM Middle School. The teenage entertainment, South Bend, performed in the Maintenance Building behind the Civic Center.
Plans were mentioned to construct a Municipal Parking Lot on the site formerly known as The W.W. Steadman, Sr. Packing Shed on Oak Street.
After the rainy day, it was definitely decided to use part of the proceeds from this festival to remodel the Ridge Spring gym on West Main Street. Not more than $4000 was to be used for this project.