2012 Harvestfest Featured Olympic Legend and Family Fun

She graciously accepted the City’s invitation to be the Grand Marshal of the 2012 parade which was held on Sat., Sept. 8, starting at 9 a.m. It kicked off the full-day of activities and entertainment planned at Howdershell Park from 10 am to 6 pm.


Joyner-Kersee’s participation tied into the theme of “Experience America, Experience Missouri, Experience Hazelwood.” As a winner of six Olympic medals who was voted by Sports Illustrated as “The Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century,” she helped residents experience the pride of being Americans by celebrating her Olympic successes and those of our U.S. Olympic athletes at the London Games.  Also, the purpose was to encourage residents to be adventurous and experience everything Hazelwood has to offer.


The top five cash prizes given out for the best themed float and marching unit went to these organizations: 1st Place – $150 Hazelwood West High School (HWHS) Marching Wildcats; 2nd Place – $100 Valley Industries Sheltered Workshop; 3rd Place – $75 Hazelwood Tiny Tots; 4th Place – $50 LA Dance; and 5th Place – North County Community Church’s Awana Group. Other noteworthy parade participants included the John Ford Highland Pipe Band, Cub Pack 729, Cub Pack 71, Cadette Rythmettes, Twirl Girlz, and Jimmy Johns.



Six beautiful young women between the ages of 15 and 19 competed for a chance to be crowned Miss Hazelwood 2012 during a coronation ceremony held at Howdershell Park. In addition to satisfying the age requirement, the following ladies had to be residents of Hazelwood: Kaitlynn Frost, age 17, HWHS junior sponsored by Amy Meyerott Photography; Jennifer Schultz, age 17, HWHS senior sponsored by McClain Chiropractic; Kirsten Henderson, age 16, HWHS junior sponsored by Landolt Properties, Inc.; Samantha Schreck, age 17, HWHS senior sponsored by Max’s Meats & Deli; Samantha Garnier, age 16, Duchesne High School junior sponsored by Prudential Select Properties; and Danielle Randall, age 16, HWHS senior sponsored by Deaver’s Restaurant & Tamz Photography.


Tension filled the air when the time came to announce the winners.  The runner-up of the contest was Danielle Randall. And, Kirsten Henderson was crowned as the new Miss Hazelwood 2012. She was awarded a $500 scholarship to cover the cost of her books for college and several other prizes.


A climbing wall, an inflatable zip line structure, and Cabela’s fishing pond were the new activities added to this year’s event. The purpose of having these attractions was to add a little more adventure to the day for fair goers. They were also used to help promote the department’s efforts to make its programming more exciting such as offering a white water rafting trip to Ocoee River in Tennessee. Kids of all ages, including adults, were seen climbing to new heights, flying across the air, and catching “real” fish with poles provided on-site.



This year’s Harvestfest event featured a little bit of everything for people of all ages. For the kids, there was a petting zoo, pony rides, a home run derby, a children’s craft area, and a Treasure of the Caribbean dual slide and obstacle course, as well as other giant inflatable play structures featuring sea adventure themes. 


Adults enjoyed searching for bargains inside the Used Book Sale tent, walking through the Arts & Crafts Show, competing in two horseshoe tournaments, and playing Bingo games with family members and friends.  One of the most popular cover bands in St. Louis, Trixie Delight, played “live” music from 2 pm to 6 pm. To cap it all off, Hazelwood Parks and Recreation staff gave away aluminum water bottles, personal first-aid kits and flashlights (batteries not included) with the City’s logo on them to guests who stopped by the City Services Tent.



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