2017 Harvest Moon Celebration to draw thousands to downtown Ogden Saturday

Wednesday , September 20, 2017 - 5:48 PM

JESSICA KOKESH, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Say goodbye to summer Saturday at the 16th annual Harvest Moon Celebration in downtown Ogden

The event runs from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, on Historic 25th Street. Hosted by the Ogden Downtown Alliance, the Harvest Moon Festival is the largest downtown celebration each year and features family-friendly entertainment. 

“It’s a celebration of all things Ogden,” said Brett Turner, creative director for the Ogden Downtown Alliance. 

Nearly 27,000 people participated in last year’s event, and more are expected for 2017, which makes it one of the biggest celebrations in Northern Utah, Turner said. 

“I think it’s just awesome. Not a lot of events have activities for kids and something for the adults too,” he said. “People can enjoy a beverage on the streets and kick off the beginning of fall.”

Fall weather will certainly make an appearance at the celebration. The high for Ogden on Saturday is 57 degrees, according to the National Weather Service of Salt Lake City’s forecast. Luckily, no rain is expected. 

“We’re hoping the weather holds out. Last year, it rained the morning of the (Harvest Moon Celebration),” Turner said. “It’s going to be pretty close in temperature to last year.” 

Ogden Downtown Alliance partners with community organizations and businesses like the Ogden Nature Center, Liquid Canvas, Nurture the Creative Mind, Eccles Community Art Center and others each year to put on the Harvest Moon Celebration. Each of the organizations participating in the event is asked to host an activity for children. There will be more than 20 to choose from this year. 

Turner said each of the participating organizations comes up with an activity on its own. For instance, one year Lucky Slice hosted an activity where children could design their own pizza boxes.

“It’s an all ages kind of event,” he said. The kids activities run from noon to 5 p.m.  

Long-time Harvest Moon Celebration favorites like the rock climbing wall, arm wrestling and pumpkin decorating will once again make an appearance at this year’s event. 

The 2017 Takin’ It To The Streets arm wrestling contest begins at noon with a free tournament for kids. The adult tournament — which costs $20 to $30 — begins at 2 p.m., with competitor weigh-ins runnings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Entertainment is also a large part of the celebration, and multiple acts will take the main stage at 25th Street and Lincoln Avenue. Music and entertainment at the event will include:

  • The Young Valley Boys at noon
  • Tony Holiday & The Velvetones at 1:30 p.m.
  • The Johnny Utahs at 3 p.m.
  • Troubador 77 at 4:30 p.m.
  • The Endless Indulgence fashion show at 5:30 p.m. 

Ogden folk prodigy Sammy Brue is headlining the event’s entertainment portion and will take the stage at 6:15 p.m. Brue released his first album, “I Am Nice,” in June and has been touring around the country since then. 

Though beer and wine will be available for guests 21 and older, no coolers are allowed at the event. Food will be available from participating restaurants on 25th Street. 

The Harvest Moon Celebration is free and open to the public. Historic 25th Street will be closed from Grant Avenue to Wall Avenue for the festival. Pets will also not be allowed on the street, with the exception of service animals.

Prior to the celebration, NUHOPE will hold its 10th annual Suicide Awareness Walk on 25th Street. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with a keynote speaker and flag ceremony at 10 a.m. The event’s 1-mile walk starts at 10:15 a.m. There will be a closing ceremony at 10:45 p.m. 

Reach digital producer Jessica Kokesh at 801-625-4229 or jkokesh@standard.net. You can also follow her on Twitter at @JessicaKokesh or Facebook.com/ByJessKokesh.

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