STANWOOD — The last warm days of summer and the bittersweet slide into fall are celebrated Saturday during the Harvest Jubilee in the Stanwood area.
The third annual jubilee features farm tours, tips on gardening, entertainment and lots of fresh produce.
After a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Stanwood Community and Senior Center, 7430 276th St. NW, festival-goers can enjoy free entertainment, cow pie bingo, horsemanship tips and the biggest zucchini contest at the jubilee hub, the parking lot of the Country Store, 8815 272nd St. NW.
Over at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, 27108 102nd Ave. NW, a fine-art show by the Camano Arts Association is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a special agriculture exhibit by the Stanwood Area Historical Society is on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A highlight of the Harvest Jubilee is the mostly free, self-guided farm tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Silvana and Stanwood areas and on Camano Island. About 25 crop and livestock farms, nurseries and gift shops are listed on the tour.
Pumpkins, corn, apples and other produce can be found on the way, along with plants from several nurseries.
A highlight is the Klesick Family Farm, 24101 Miller Road, where visitors can harvest their own vegetables and learn about organic pest control and building up their garden soil.
The day ends with a couple of dances.
The first, Dancin’ in the Dirt, is 6 to 10 p.m. at People Helping Horses, 2417 43rd Ave. NE. The dance is a fundraiser to support the horse rescue agency.
Then Camano Junction offers a Big Band dance from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Camano Senior and Community Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island.
Harvest Jubilee organizer Vivian Henderson said the festival is a way for people to take a look at the agricultural richness of the northwest corner of Snohomish County.
“The farms are many, the people friendly and the food fantastic,” Henderson said.
The Harvest Jubilee takes its name and inspiration from Stanwood’s 1930s-era annual fall festival. The jubilee encourages farm preservation for future generations, she said.
Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about Stanwood’s Harvest Jubilee, including the farm tour map, is available at www.harvestjubilee.org or call Stanwood Chamber of Commerce at 360-629-0562.