Valdosta Daily Times

October 7, 2012

Berrien brings in the Harvest

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — In times past, fall meant more than football for South Georgia. It meant the harvest. In what was primarily a farming and agricultural community, harvest meant the gathering of crops, the going to market, the preservation of food, the brief celebration of a work completed.

The harvest was typically marked by festivals and fairs. A sharing of goods and a coming together of the community.

Though not as prevalent as it was even 20 years ago, the harvest continues for many families and communities throughout South Georgia. Take a look at the number of fields in the region. They tell the tale of a tradition that remains an essential part of the South Georgia fabric.

This coming weekend, Nashville and Berrien County Chamber of Commerce celebrates this tradition with the Third Annual Harvest Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, Downtown Nashville.

The Harvest Festival features arts and crafts, food, contests, Todd Griffin, David Berryhill and Kevin Berryhill of Southern Thunder, along with East Beach Blue and Stone Echo in concert, a parade, contestants from CBS’ “The Amazing Race” TV show, Jimmy Riffle of Animal Planet’s “Gator Boys” TV show, and more.

Readers can tell from the scheduled line-up that the tradition of harvest festivals has changed a little, but really not much. Reality TV show stars have replaced local on-air talent in many venues, but the concept of fun and more to celebrate the harvest of the year’s crops has not changed.

And for that, we are thankful.

More information about Berrien County Harvest Festival, contact the Berrien County Chamber of Commerce, 686-5123, or Nashville Better Hometown, 686-9290.