Every year, the City of Hazelwood brings the community together and makes residents proud of their hometown by hosting an all-day festival known as Harvestfest. This year’s event is scheduled for Sat., Sept. 8, at Howdershell Park, 6810 Howdershell Road, from 9 am to 6 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.
One of the new attractions is a baby T-Rex named Tinkerbell who will be strolling the ground from Noon to 3 p.m. Another feature is Christian the Magician from the world-famous City Museum. He will be doing a comedy magic show at the park’s pavilion from 11 am to Noon. Christian also plans to do his strolling magic around the park from 1 pm to 2 pm and again from 3 pm to 4 pm.
Other fun attractions include two mechanical rides, Ballistic Swings and the Super Sonic Ride. For those who like to pretend being a Navy Seal, there will be a Special OP’s Obstacle Course, a Ninja Warrior Arena (age 8 and under) and a Duel Accelerator Slide.
Parking will be available at Howdershell Park, as well as at White Birch Park located at 1186 Teson Road. Shuttle buses will be transporting people back and forth on a regular basis throughout the day.
The favorite activities that people love to do year after year are back again for everyone’s enjoyment. The most popular are the Bingo Sessions, sponsored by Hazelnuts. They are scheduled for 11 am and 1 pm. Horseshoe tournaments will take place at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.
MISS HAZELWOOD 2018/19 CORONATION
Young woman, ages 15-18, who are Hazelwood residents can register to participate in the Miss Hazelwood 2018/19 competition. They need to have a desire to be involved in the community and enjoy representing the City of Hazelwood at a variety of social and community events. The Miss Hazelwood competition is NOT a beauty pageant, nor a talent show. Each candidate is judged on the following criteria: poise; personality; ability to communicate with others; willingness to represent Hazelwood; school activities; and volunteer work.
The process is easy. Simply pick up an application form at Civic Center East, Hazelwood Community Center, and White Birch Bay Aquatic Center. Fill it out and aubmit it to the Parks & Recreation Office. A panel of judges will then review all the applications and select the qualified finalists. Those chosen as finalists will be invited to meet with the judges for a brief interview and attend a special dinner with City officials. All qualified finalists will participate in the Miss Hazelwood Coronation at 10 am, as part of the Harvestfest activities. Whoever becomes the next Miss Hazelwood will be awarded a $1,500 scholarship for higher education, as well as a beautiful tiara, sash, trophy and bouquet of roses.
Crafters who purchase booth space for $35 can display their home-made creations and sell them. Business owners who wish to boost their clientele can purchase booth space at the same price as well. In addition, non-profit groups will be running carnival games and selling food items as fund-raising projects. Those who wish to reserve a booth for this year’s Harvestfest should contact Pam Reynolds at (314) 731-0980. Booth space is limited.
The Midnight Piano Band is a throwback to when bands actually played their instruments and sang on stage. There are no laptops, no backing tracks, no gimmicks or lip-synching. What you see is what you hear, and what you hear is awesome. The band loves playing classic piano rock hits from the 70s and 80s by artists such as Elton John, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and many others. They also perform the top song hits made famous by REO Speedwagon, Journey, Justin Timberlake, Garth Brooks, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga. The Midnight Piano Band prides themselves on professionalism and musicianship.
CITY SERVICES TENT
The Hazelwood Parks and Recreation Division staff plans to give away a limited number of these items to people who stop by the City Services Tent: car chargers; lunch bags; drink bottles; hacky sacks; chip clips; pumpkin bags; and dog toys. Members of the Community Enrichment Commission (CEC) will have a table at the City Services Tent to pass out literature and to raffle off beautiful mums throughout the day. In addition, the CEC plans to sell Cotton Candy for $3 and Pretzel Rods for $1 for fund-raising purposes. The City’s Green Committee will have a presence at the tent as well to remind residents about Recycle Day on Sat., Sept. 15, and display a compost bin that will be available for purchase by residents for $10 each.
COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
The Hazelwood Harvestfest is an excellent opportunity for area high school students to earn some of the Community Service time required for graduation. Interested students should contact their high school community service coordinator or call the Hazelwood Parks & Recreation Office at (314) 731-0980.