When the weather starts getting cooler and football season kicks off, the Harvest Festival is right around the corner. The Milton Harvest Festival is a community tradition that stretches over a one-week span. In 1977, the Festival’s inaugural year, it was only a three-day event. Today, daily events are scheduled throughout the week
The tradition began as the Tomato Harvest Festival and was associated with Hector Boiardi and the Chef Boyardee plant in Milton. Mr. Boiardi (left) served as the event’s grand marshal in the 1978 parade. Every year, people look forward to the Harvest Festival Parade, and every year they return.
The Arts and Crafts Events held on both Saturdays of the festival provide both current and former Milton residents the opportunity to visit friends they might not have seen since the previous year.
The Princess Pageant, which originated in 1977, provides scholarships
and awards for young women in Milton. In 1982 a Little Miss Pageant
was added, followed by the Junior Miss Pageant in 1999.
TRADITION SINCE 1977
IN MEMORY OF:
Committee members who gave selflessly of their time and talent to make the Milton Tomato/Harvest Festival a community tradition since 1977 and who have passed on:
Wilbur “Bud” Mauger
John Waldron, Sr.
In 2002, the Betty Zechman Spirit Award was created and given to the Princess Pageant candidate who best exemplifies Betty’s spirit of enthusiasm and commitment. The winner is chosen by written vote of the contestants
and their advisors, and is selected as the candidate who has most consistently demonstrated kindness, helpfulness, cheerfulness, and camaraderie during
ALL Princess Pageant and Harvest Festival activities.
2022 Harvest Festival Committee
Chair: Derek Longan
Vice Chair: Ned Germini
Secretary: Nancy Slease
Treasurer: Jeff Rearick
Little & Junior Miss: Vacant
Arts & Crafts: Derek Longan
Pet Parade: Sue Straub
Princess Pageant: Amanda Bradley
Pops Concert: Kate Bailor
Parade: Ned Germini
5K Race: Michael Hauck
Bike Race: Rotary
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