Harvest McPhestival hopes to make Hemet great – again

Pumpkin carving contest promises serious prize money

Cindy Boeing/The Valley Chronicle
The video game truck was a big draw at the first Make Hemet Great Festival, which overall attracted about 1,000 people.

■ Chronicle News Staff

The parking lot behind The Valley Chronicle once again will be the scene this weekend of the second Make Hemet Great Festival complete with pumpkin carving and pet costume contests, food vendors, trade booths, balloons, muscle cars, video game truck, and music by Rocky Zharp and the Blues Crackers.
“We’re planning on making this a regular feature of downtown,” says Matt McPherson, a realtor and businessman whose family owns the parking lot on Harvard Street across from Sweet Baby Janes.
The theme this month – in conjunction with Halloween – will be Fall Harvest, with winners of the pumpkin-carving contest earning prizes up to $200. The pumpkin contest starts at 6 p.m. while the pet-costume contest begins at 4 p.m. The entire event runs from 3-7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27 at the southwest corner of Harvard Street and Florida Avenue.
Convinced that attracting people downtown is a key to revitalizing the business district, McPherson has invested thousands of dollars and dozens of hours in hosting the festival, which he is now calling, Harvest McPhestival – Making Hemet Great. It’s sponsored in part by The Valley Chronicle/Easy-Ad
“The first Make Hemet Great Festival was such an outstanding success, we decided to keep it going and hold one every month downtown,” says McPherson. “There were about 1,000 people, and food vendors were a little overwhelmed by the crowds, and some had to replenish their stores three times!”
If you’re looking for some entertaining family fun, come on down to the Harvest McPhestrival on Saturday afternoon and help make Hemet great – again!

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