The 48th-annual Harvest Festival

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Barbara Hunt shops for jewelry at Melinda Pinto’s booth during the 2013 Harvest Festival.             Photo by John Pacheco

Barbara Hunt shops for jewelry at Melinda Pinto’s booth during the 2013 Harvest Festival. Photo by John Pacheco

Over the Thanksgiving weekend in Idyllwild, in addition to the many festivities downtown, the Idyllwild Rotary Club will host the 48th-annual Harvest Festival and this year’s event promises to be the largest ever. According to Ben Killingsworth, publicity coordinator, the event is always a big hit with visitors and locals alike. It’s a fun and festive event that raises a lot of money for many worthy Idyllwild charities.

Packed with 45 booths to delight holiday shoppers, Idyllwild’s historic Town Hall houses the festival that features a large variety of items — one-of-a-kind art, jewelry, birdhouses, blankets, scarves, holiday decorations, homemade jams and jellies, and so much more.

“The Harvest Festival raises money for the community,” said Killingsworth, “All proceeds go directly to the Rotary Club, which then distributes all of the money to various local nonprofit organizations.” A raffle featuring 12 baskets chock full of gifts designed to appeal to mom, dad and/or the kids, are raffled off at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, and, you do not have to be present to win. Baskets are held by the Rotary until the winner makes arrangements to pick them up. It’s a real win-win — the Rotary helps the community and the raffle winners have a wonderful piece of Idyllwild to take home.

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