Harvest Festival street closure now will be 5 days

August 19, 2013

SCOTTVILLE — When the Scottville City Commission meets today it will once again address the closing of South Main Street for the Harvest Festival. However, this time the request will be for closing the street for five days instead of one.

At the last commission meeting, two weeks ago, the commission allowed for the closure of the street on Saturday, Sept. 14. This was because at that time there was no carnival scheduled for the festival. Since that time, some Scottville business owners, led by Richard Cox, have made arrangements for a festival. They also have raised over $2,500 to go towards a Thursday ox roast, continuing a 100-plus year tradition.

The festival has traditionally been organized by the Ludington and Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce and previously the Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce before the two organizations merged. The chamber had not planned on holding a carnival, due to the inability to find a quality one, nor did it plan on holding an ox roast, due to costs.

That changed following the last city commission meeting when Cox, along with business owners Roy and Linda Holden and Kelly Abrahamson, addressed the city commission (the commission, though, does not make festival-related decisions).

The result, though, was a public outcry to get the carnival and ox roast back.

Click here for a list of festival events. 

The city commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at city hall, 105 N. Main St.

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