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Ronan celebrates community, seasonal change at annual Harvest Fest

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RONAN –– The Ronan community came together to celebrate the fall harvest with a range of activities for all presented by the Ronan Chamber of Commerce. 

Festival goers could vote on their favorite decorated round bales in the annual Trail of Bales contest. Participating businesses and organizations decorated bales in front of businesses around town – this year with a 60s theme. Judges will tally the votes to determine the winner on Sept. 20.

The festival’s petting zoo attracted children and adults alike with goats, kittens, and a donkey. Multiple bounce houses were sponsored by local businesses. 

Coordinator Lacy Cates thanked Big Creek Plumbing and Lucky Homes and Real Estate for providing the “free and fun” bounce houses.

Cates also thanked  locals for helping with carnival games: “It was really fun because a lot of the high school kids and different groups came over and volunteered their time to run the carnival games.”

During the event, a variety of vendors sold everything from clothes to sweet treats. One vendor with Busy Mom Bakes described the effort she put into making her treats: “It usually takes about three days.” She starts with cookies because the dough has to chill for 24 hours. Next, she makes bread and ends with cinnamon rolls.

To top off the celebration, local farmers displayed their produce with colorful squash and pumpkins. 

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