Region’s produce on Harvey Harvest Festival menu

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Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
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Sharai Lovejoy, 11, is getting ready for the Harvey Harvest Festival.
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The Harvey Harvest Festival will be the lone saviour of celebrations in the region following the cancellation of this year’s Harvey Agricultural Show.

The festival will be held on Sunday at Snell’s Park in Harvey.

People must get free online tickets on Eventbrite to enter one of two sessions throughout the day.

The popular grape-stomp will be making a return after the event was last year cancelled because of COVID-19.

Sharai Lovejoy, 11, will be taking part in the stomp.

Five tonnes of grapes will be at the event for the tradition.

She said it was wise to talk through a strategy with your stomping partner before jumping bare-feet into the barrel of grapes.

“Hold each other to keep your balance,” Sharai said.

“To get the most juice, I like to step on the grapes and my friend pushes it in the hole and then we rotate.

“Everyone is cheering and it is really exciting and so much fun.”

The event celebrates Harvey as a region rich in agriculture and produce.

The town is renowned for its citrus production, award-winning wine and dairy industry.

Event organiser Lisa Bevans said the Harvest Festival was about showcasing what the town could produce and inviting visitors to see where their food came from.

There will even be free produce for people to take home.

She said the event provided an opportunity for the locals to “come together” while giving students and not-for-profit groups the opportunity to fundraise and volunteer.

The “new era of community celebration” will have free bouncy castles, rides, music and entertainment.

“Everything is free, even the tickets,” Ms Bevans said.

“People just have to remember to get theirs online so we can adhere to the COVID limits.”

There will be hand-sanitising stations and the event will this year be fenced.

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