The Harvest Fest Softball Tournament has been the main event in the Harvest Fest line up, drawing hundreds of local fans to the Fest each year.
Originating in 2011 as a wood bat modified pitch tournament, it has transformed to a wood bat slow pitch tournament and has become a favorite for local teams to end their softball season with good competition and lots of fun.
The wood bat tournament features 12-14 local talented men's slow pitch teams vying for the coveted Harvest Fest title. A few of the local teams competing each Harvest Fest include: Cleghorn Merchants, Julson Auto, Off Constantly, Cleghorn Keg, Masterbatters and Chippewa Valley Sporting Goods.
The tournament runs from Friday night to Sunday afternoon each Harvest Fest.
Enjoy the viewing of spectacular cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors at this year’s show. Judging will be done by independent judges on the 7 classes. Eau Claire Auto Parts is again the sponsor of this show. They are providing trophies for all the classes. The Best of Show Trophy is being custom made and donated by Mark Lund. Review the poster for details.
Cleghorn’s old-fashioned ode to the the end of summer is a small parade by Eau Claire’s standards — just the one-third mile length of downtown Cleghorn. It doesn't have some standard parade scenes like marching bands or politicians, but it is packed with what makes up the small rural community of Cleghorn.
Each year is a bit different, but routinely you’ll see kids on horseback, local residents in classic cars, military vehicles, tractors, and schoolchildren. Kicking it off every year are several Township Fire Department fire engines and the Pleasant Valley firefighters who protect the Cleghorn area.
To end the parade is the Ol’ Timers Parade — a comical look into the past. One never knows what folks will come up with, but it sure does leave everyone with a smile on their face and story to tell.
The parade kicks off at 12:30 on the Saturday of the Cleghorn Harvest Fest weekend. Arrive early to get your spot picked out and don’t forget to bring a bag for all the candy!
Kids games are open directly following the parade and last until 3:00 p.m. There are a variety to choose from and range from 25 cents a game to 75 cents a game. Kevin's Juggling and Balloons will be present from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. to entertain and make balloon animals for the kids; and we will have Painted Whimsy available to do some face painting from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Both the face painting and Kevin's balloon creations are free for the kids!
There will also be inflatables on Saturday from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Cost is $1 per time on an inflatable; $10 for an all day unlimited wristband; and $15 for a two day unlimited wristband.
Harvest Fest has two nights of single elimination bean bag tournaments. Friday night’s 16 team tourney starts at 7:30 pm and Saturday’s 24 team tourney starts at 6pm.
Sign up 30 minutes before start times at the right field fence of the ball field. Cost is $10 per two person team. All skill levels are welcome!
Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church will be serving ice cream sundaes, shakes, cones and homemade pies (until gone) on Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds will go toward community outreach projects.
Each Saturday of the Harvest Fest, individuals who have product to sell are set up. Included in the line up are homemade crafts, art work, and food products. There is also a flea market to browse through to look for treasures.
Check back here later for more specific details on the registered vendors that will be coming!
The final event of the Cleghorn Harvest Fest, starting at 3:00 on Sunday, is the Live Auction. Through the generosity of local businesses and community members, the live auction provides great items with 100% of the proceeds going to support the Cleghorn School Park and the Cleghorn Lions.
Featured in the line-up of items that will be offered is a car donated by Chilson Automotive Group. Details of the car will be posted at a later date.
Other items that will be auctioned off will be posted at a later date.
Come and enjoy a hot Sunday morning breakfast at the Pleasant Valley Community Center. Local volunteer firefighters will be serving pancakes, French Toast and Sausage from 7:00 am until 11:30 am.
The Museum Committee has been hard at work to bring more Cleghorn history for residents and others to learn while exploring the museum. With the addition of glass-top display cases, memorabilia will be available for viewing.
Committee member Bill Theil is writing a book that he hopes to have ready for sale by the Harvest Fest. It involves Pleasant Valley over the period from 1859-1916 and its prehistory, government, settlement process, agricultural history, rural life and a chapter with miscellaneous topics, such as the railroad. It is not a biographical history but a social history. It is a story of a rural community and the people who lived day to day lives.
Another project that the committee has begun is making a documentary video on the closing of Cleghorn Elementary School, its demolition, the creation of the Cleghorn School Park, the Cleghorn Harvest Fest and its continuing growth.
Join us for the Community Church Service, led by members of the Zion Lutheran Church, on Sunday, Sept 8th. The service will begin at 9:00 AM in the Cleghorn School Park Pavillion.