Our Town Spotlight: Wolfforth Harvest Festival

Published: Oct. 20, 2022 at 10:26 AM CDT
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WOLFFORTH, Texas (KJTV) - After a two-year absence, one major community event in Wolfforth is coming back!

The town’s Harvest Festival has been a staple for more than thirty years. However, like other events across the world, it took a break because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We took a hard hit over the last couple of years with COVID, and we weren’t able to have our Harvest Festival, and we’ve missed that as a community. And so, this is a great year to bring that back to bring the history of the Harvest Festival back,” said City Secretary Terri Robinette. “That includes the parade that everybody is always so excited about. That includes our Harvest Festival queen, which is a scholarship competition, and so we look forward to awarding that to a Frenship senior again this year.”

The Color Run has been a much-welcomed addition to the Harvest Festival.

“Several years ago, we changed our Fun Run to a Color Run, and so the kids get messy. The volunteers get messy. Everybody loves the Color Run,” Robinette said.

The absence of this major social event has definitely been felt by Wolfforth residents.

“You don’t think about who you’ve missed seeing until you see them at the next community gathering,” Robinette said. “And so, in a small town like Wolfforth, those community gatherings are important. There are huge social events, city-wide. And so, there’s lots of folks I haven’t haven’t seen in the last couple of years because those things were shut down because of COVID.”

Such events are unique in smaller communities.

“It’s important for us to join with our neighbors and our community members, and have that time together, and have a great day just having having some fun as a community. I love being a part of this community. I grew up in a small town,” Robinette said.

This year’s Harvest Festival will take place Saturday. The parade begins 9 a.m. at People’s Bank Stadium, and will travel down FM 179 to Main Street and will finish at Frenship Middle School.

“People live in Wolfforth, to live in Wolfforth to live in a smaller town — to know their neighbors to have these community events,” she said. “And so it’s very important for us to come together and I think people look forward to that. Over the years of being part of the Harvest Festival, I’ve had lots of people come up to me and let me know that their first attachment to the city of Wolfforth was through a community event.”

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