Local legislators honor 50th year of Harvest Homecoming

Local legislators honor 50th year of Harvest Homecoming

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Monday, March 13, 2017 5:00 pm

STATEHOUSE (March 13, 2017) — State Reps. Ed Clere (R-New Albany), Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) and Steve Stemler (D-Jeffersonville) today honored the 50th year of the Harvest Homecoming Festival with a House resolution. The resolution was sponsored in the Senate by State Sen. Ron Grooms (R-Jeffersonville).

The Harvest Homecoming Festival is one of the largest festivals in Indiana, attracting more than 600,000 people to New Albany annually. Clere said Harvest Homecoming was started in 1968 to bring the people of Southern Indiana together in a spirit of fellowship while celebrating the region’s historic background and beauty.

“Harvest Homecoming has grown into one of the largest and most exciting festivals in Indiana,” Clere said. “By drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to downtown New Albany, this festival significantly contributes to the local economy while also showcasing Southern Indiana’s rich and diverse culture. Like downtown New Albany, Harvest Homecoming keeps getting better and better.”

Clere was joined on the House floor by more than a dozen festival representatives, including board chair David White, who spoke on behalf of the delegation. Representatives of the Clark & Floyd Counties Convention and Tourism Bureau were also present on the floor.

“The Harvest Homecoming Festival is a staple in our community, attracting visitors from all over the state and nation,” Engleman said. “Congratulations on 50 years of continuous success, and thank you to the New Albany Chamber of Commerce, volunteers and sponsors who make this event possible every year.”

Engleman said Harvest Homecoming is a week-long, family-oriented festival where visitors can enjoy locally run food booths, pumpkin-tossing competitions, riverfront concerts and much more. In order to commemorate its place in Southern Indiana’s rich heritage, the Harvest Homecoming was designated as a Local Legacies project by the Library of Congress.

“From its modest beginnings, Harvest Homecoming has grown into one of the showcase events in the state of Indiana,” Stemler said. “It is the perfect kind of Hoosier festival in that it simply offers a chance to listen to music, eat some great food, and get together with family, friends and neighbors. What a tribute to the organizers that this event now draws hundreds of thousands of people to southern Indiana each year. Harvest Homecoming has always been a highlight for me and my family, and we look forward to going again this fall and for many years to come.”

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State Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) represents most of Floyd County, including New Albany and Georgetown.

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