Harvest Festival Set to Take Place This Weekend at Yelm City Park

By Daniel Warn / dan@yelmonline.com
Posted 9/21/21

Yelm’s first Fall Harvest Festival will bring autumn-themed activities for the whole family to Yelm City Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

There will be more than 100 vendors …

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Harvest Festival Set to Take Place This Weekend at Yelm City Park

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Yelm’s first Fall Harvest Festival will bring autumn-themed activities for the whole family to Yelm City Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

There will be more than 100 vendors at the event between those at the Yelm Farmers Market, which will be running simultaneously, and those brought by festival coordinator LaDonna Shea Hockaday of Simply Events by LaDonna.

“These events are good for our community,” Hockaday said. “I just think that the smaller towns, they can use the community events, because they bring all the residents together making friendships, and they increase the sales of small businesses, which is good for Yelm.”

She said she’s most excited to see the kids meet the 10 Disney characters that will be available for photos from noon to 4 p.m.

“Yelm City Park will be like Disneyland in the park,” Hockaday said, adding that Maleficent, Cinderella, Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Belle and Snow White will be in attendance. “It’s going to be great for all the kiddos there.”

The band Cut 4 Time will also be performing at noon and throughout the event, and the 2021 Yelm’s Fall Harvest King and Queen Pageants will start at 2 p.m.

The festival has been so popular with potential vendors that Hockaday had to cap off the offerings.

“I can’t fit any more vendors,” she said. “I don’t know where to put them.”



She said folks from all over the area are expected to attend, but this kind of popularity comes with a price in today’s COVID-19-affected landscape.

“I just want to remind everyone that with the state laws, I’m following all of the guidelines that the state is requiring,” Hockaday said. “We’re going to have over 500 people. We already know this. People need to be sure to wear their masks, because it’s mandated.”

Hockaday has already seen success this year when she helped coordinate June’s Mermaid Festival, which saw more than 4,000 people attend.

She’s been known to host an annual fall harvest festival at another location, but has set her sights on Yelm this year.

“I used to do all of my events at the Thurston County Fairgrounds in Lacey,” she said. “The Mermaid Fest went over so well here in town, and it brought so many people, that I knew I needed to do more events for our community. So I left the fairgrounds and decided to do all of my events here in Yelm.”

That’s why she said she’s excited for what the future will hold for the event scene in Yelm.

“I take pride in our community,” Hockaday said. “I just want to keep bringing these events, and what I’m looking at for next year is having at least four to five events.”

Hockaday also plans to host one more event this year in Yelm with the Smoky Mountain Christmas scheduled for November.

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