Fall Harvest: Blaine Harvest Festival to benefit Band to Japan

Published on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 by Kara Furr

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The first Blaine Harvest Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 6, in the Blaine Middle School cafeteria. The free festival will feature an arts and crafts fair with jewelry, plants, produce, holiday items and a variety of other products from Blaine school groups and vendors. Children can also enjoy an activity area with origami, face painting, and other exciting art projects, and those less interested in arts and crafts can watch the Boys & Girls Club middle school football tournament. 

The Harvest Festival will benefit the Blaine High School Wind Ensemble’s Band to Japan effort. The Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the final Funabashi Music Festival February 5 to 15, 2013, in Funabashi, Japan. Only one international student group is invited each year.

Blaine High School’s involvement in this festival stretches back 10 years, having made three previous trips to Funabashi as well as hosting Japanese student musicians. This relationship has provided not only rewarding musical experiences, but also a greater cultural understanding for many students, says Dorita Gray of the Blaine Fine Arts Association. “It teaches kids to be young ambassadors.” 

This trip is expected to cost $3,150 for each of the 50 students attending, and organizers hope that the Harvest Festival will help offset costs. But Gray says it’s not just about the band – it’s about starting a new community tradition and celebrating the harvest.

Spaces are available for vendors for a small fee. For more information or to reserve a vendor space, contact Dorita Gray at bgray@webmail.blainesd.org or Carolyn Fakkema at 360/305-0977.