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September 17, 2013 > Talented artists converge at Harvest Festival

Talented artists converge at Harvest Festival

Submitted By Pleasanton Harvest Festival

The Bay Area has always been a haven for the creative spirit. Whether it is a tech start up or a quaint art gallery, our region appreciates the entrepreneurial dream and supporting those who think outside of the box.

Many of those entrepreneurs and independent artists, several of whom are local to the East Bay, will flock to the "Pleasanton Harvest Festival" September 20-22 at the Alameda Fairgrounds to show off their talents. Thousands of handmade arts and crafts, including jewelry, glassware and ceramics, woodturnings, art and photography, specialty foods, clothing, and more will be on display at the largest indoor arts and crafts show on the West Coast.

Husband and wife team Conny and Dennis Olarte hail from Union City and run Essence of O, a bath and body care company that makes handcrafted glycerin soaps. They offer a plethora of scents like Plumeria, Gardenia, and Lavender, and the majority of their soap comes sliced in sizes perfect for any soap dish.

Those wanting an edgier gift can head to the Metal Souls booth, run by Huy Nguyen of Hayward. Metal Souls creates specialized metal sculptures that cover everything from sci-fi and animal sculptures to sports and vehicle sculptures. All materials used are recycled from body shops or scraps picked up at junk yards.

Glass blower Bryan Goldenberg will also be attending the "Pleasanton Harvest Festival," selling various pieces at his Slow Burn Glass booth. Goldenberg studied glass blowing in Murano, Italy, and blows each piece by hand in his Oakland studio.

Headlining the outdoor entertainment stage this year are the Fargo Brothers, a rock band that has been playing shows all over the country since 1979. Veterans of over 3,000 live shows, these four seasoned musicians deliver a brand of roots rock and roll that can only be described as fiery and intense. Known for their vocal harmonies and tight ensemble playing, the Fargo Brothers' sets are always a crowd favorite.

Also appearing at the main stage is new entertainment act Captain Jack Spareribs, a parody of the notorious "Pirates of the Caribbean" character. Captain Jack Spareribs puts on a zany pirate show that features magic and illusions, dangerous juggling, and ventriloquism with his talking monkey Maynard. Captain Jack was recently voted "Best Family Fun in the Bay Area" for the 4th time and is seen regularly on stage at Pier 39 in San Francisco.

The "Pleasanton Harvest Festival" also boasts strolling entertainers who parade the festival grounds with special performances for attendees. Watch out for Fables of the West, a cowpoke wrangling duo who wanders the grounds on replicas of mini horses that you have to see to believe.

Once again, the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) will return to provide a $2 off admission discount to anyone who brings monetary or non-perishable food donations to the event.

The "Harvest Festival" will also give back to the local community by partnering with the Oakley Raiders, a non-profit youth sports organization whose mission is to provide an outlet where youth athletes can excel in the fundamentals of football and cheerleading, regardless of participants' size, gender, creed, race or national origin. The Oakley Raiders will receive half the proceeds from the Shopping Bag sales, as well as a direct donation from the Harvest Festival. They will also host the interactive KidZone, which is an area set aside for children to participate in hands-on arts and crafts.

The Harvest Festivals are the largest indoor arts and craft shows on the West Coast, and all products offered are handmade in the United States.

Pleasanton Harvest Festival
Friday, Sept 20 - Sunday, Sept 22
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton

Tickets: adults $9, seniors (62+) $7, youth (13-17) $4, kids 12 and under are free

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