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September 11, 2012 > Harvest Festival(r) celebrates forty years

Harvest Festival(r) celebrates forty years

Submitted By Liz Rosinski

The Pleasanton Harvest Festival(r) Original Art and Craft Show is returning to the Alameda County Fairgrounds, September 14-16, ready to celebrate its 40th Anniversary Tour in style with new vendors, exciting entertainment, and important community service efforts.

"Forty years ago, we never imagined how much this event would grow," said Nancy Glenn, Harvest Festival Show Manager. "We started as a small community marketplace in San Francisco where artists could congregate to create and sell their products. Now, we hold eight shows in California, one show in Arizona and one show in Nevada. We're so proud to have such a wonderful group of talented craftspeople and loyal attendees year after year."

Union City resident Conny Olarte always had a creative spark inside her, but it wasn't until she took a trip with her family to Half Moon Bay that she discovered a budding love for specialty bath products. During her trip down the coast, Conny found several bars of natural vegetable glycerin soap that grabbed her attention. She loved the lemongrass soap so much that she began reading every book she could find on the lost art of soap making and acquired a lot of knowledge. Taking it a step further, Conny enrolled in several soap making classes, which taught her of the science of soap making and adding essence and color to the soap.

Armed with the knowledge from her studies, Conny started making soap using Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, and Palm Oil. The soap she made turned out to be richer and smoother than any other soap she tried and everyone that used her soap was amazed. She had found her calling.

Conny's company, The Essence of O, will once again exhibit at the upcoming Pleasanton Harvest Festival, one of the largest indoor arts and craft shows on the West Coast. All of the vendors and exhibitors go through a rigid selection process to ensure that products displayed are of the highest quality, so Conny knows she is in good company. Those who attend the Harvest Festival and stop by the Essence of O booth can expect to smell such scents including Gardenia, Coco Mango, Vanilla, Sandalwood Amber, Orange and Pomegranate, Jasmine and much, much more.

The Harvest Festivals boast over 24,000 handmade arts and crafts, including jewelry, woodturnings, art and photography, specialty foods, clothing, decor and more. Attendees come to shop for handcrafted wares but stay for the entertainment, live music, prize drawings, artist demonstrations, and delicious food.

Cash Tribute Band featuring James Garner will headline this year's outdoor stage with musical hits of the legendary 'Man in Black'-Johnny Cash. With strong conviction and stunning accuracy, the band will perform Cash's songs, combining their sets with historical accounts and personal anecdotes.

Also appearing at the main stage is comedian and entertainer John Park. Watch his comedy waiter act with a spectacular plate spinning finish at "The Funny Waiter Show." Using original and unique comedy routines involving food, drink, music and more, Park has been known to bring the crowd to laughter and, quite possibly, tears.

For the 4th year, the Pleasanton Harvest Festival is proud to support the Alameda County Community Food Bank by offering $2 off admission to anyone who brings a monetary donation or non-perishable food items to the show. The Alameda County Community Food Bank serves one in six residents living throughout Alameda County.

The event is also partnering with the Oakley Raiders who will host an interactive KidZone where children can participate in hands-on arts and crafts. Located next to the KidZone will be a special Child ID feature, sponsored by New York Life. Parents can bring their child to be photographed, fingerprinted and get essential contact information stored on a CD if needed in an emergency.

All artisans featured at the Harvest Festivals are vetted by the Harvest Festival management team to ensure products are all handmade and made in the United States.

Don't miss the chance to start the fall off with a bang and shop thousands of unique and affordable gifts at the Pleasanton Harvest Festival(r).

The Pleasanton Harvest Festival(r)
September 14-16
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton
800-346-1212
www.harvestfestival.com

Tickets: Adults: $9, Seniors (62+) $7, Youth (13-17) $4, Kids 12 and under free (Tickets valid for re-entry all weekend)

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