Harvest Festival plans laid out

17_harvest_3082Kyle Ellis drives a combine down a row of winter wheat on Friday afternoon. Chris Ellis estimated the crop would bring in about 70 bushels per acre.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

The last big social event of the year, the Harvest Festival will take place on Oct. 6, 2-6 p.m.

Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce board member Mike Harding who owns Big Ox BBQ-Weikum Inn, laid out tentative plans for the annual event at the CofC meeting at the Lobby on Wednesday.

There will be a concert at the Orpheum Theatre starting at 7 p.m., a “motor show” during the day with hopes of having more motorcycles and tractors ”for variety,” said Harding.

The popular fundraiser, ‘cow pie bingo’ will again be taking place along with a chili cook-off and it is hoped to have more vendors on hand. This year they will be charged a flat-fee instead of a percentage of their sales. Ideas for a “different” raffle are still being kicked about. Three will be a lot more about the Harvest Festival as time draws near for the event and plans become concrete.

Chamber President Gerald Miller commented the National Night Out (NNO), “Was just great. It was good to see all those folks having a good time.”

In another report, Carolynn Donath from the library said they were getting ready for school and a Facebook page is being set up.

From the schools, CHS Principal Ken Larson introduced new football coach Ryan Fetterson who said a recent camp had 31 kids out.

He is excited about the up-coming season.

From the Pondera Arts Council, George Tornga said the Orpheum Theatre is now, despite a few glitches, fully digital. “The sound and picture are just phenomenal and the whole screen is filled.”

Mayor Wendy Judisch commented that the remodeling project to city hall is moving right along, even if it is, at times, noisy.

In keeping a close eye on the project, they found a door handle that had been ordered that cost $276! Judisch said the “City couldn’t afford that and they are getting handles that are not nearly so expensive.

State Representative Rob Cook, HD-27 attended a business seminar that covered the housing market, income taxes, and oil and gas production, which is increasing he noted.

He also commented that most of Montana is still recovering from the recession.

The main speaker was Gedi Reddy from the experimental Station. He was born in rural India.

He will be doing research on the sawfly and wire worm while running the station.

Reddy's profile is printed in this week's issue of the I-O on page 6.

The next CofC meeting is Sept. 12 at noon, back at the Lobby.