ABOUT HARVEST HOMECOMING

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Mission Statement

Harvest Homecoming is a group of volunteers dedicated to providing a family-oriented festival. It unites the community in a spirit of fellowship and is committed to continuous improvement. 

A Local Legacy

Honored by the Library of Congress Bicentennial Local Legacies Project in 2000, the Harvest Homecoming Festival draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to New Albany, Indiana and has been growing and thriving for 52 years. 

The festival was conceived as a means of bringing the people of southern Indiana together to share in its wealth of talent, history and beauty, as well as to promote the vast tourism opportunities. 

What is now more than a week's worth of activities began as a three day 'Pumpkin Festival', a civic effort by the Tourism Bureau of the New Albany Chamber of Commerce. It is now funded exclusively by Harvest Homecoming Festival Associates, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization, fully operated by volunteers and powered by sponsors. 

A Letter From Our President

Dear Festival Friends:

 

Welcome to New Albany and the #1-voted Best Indiana Fall Festival.   Last year’s Harvest Homecoming Festival with all the events that returned from a year off due to the pandemic proved to be one of the most successful festivals of the year.  “A Fall Fairytale” is what we are trying to create again this year and have planned another great year with some new events and improvements as well as most of the annual events you love and enjoy. 

 

Name that Song replaces Who Wants to be a College Student Scholarship Contest.  Kids’ Day in the Tent has changed names to Kids’ Day in the Park (located in Bicentennial Park) nestled close to the Harvest Homecoming Samtec Cares Stage setup within the First Financial Bank parking lot.  You can start your Saturday morning Kids events all together and then stay for families to continue enjoying our local performers at this stage and then head into the booth area.  The rides are again located on the city hall side of the floodwall with new rides and new schedule.  The Riverfront is once again where you can catch the Friday Family Movie Night’s double feature followed by Saturday morning’s car show and then four local band concerts starting at 5pm.  Be sure to check out the many new events listed in our festival brochure (basketball, nature hike, haunted house, etc.) and remember that safe, clean, fun is always a top priority where everyone has a part for success. 

 

We would love everyone to buy a collector pin and get a chance to win one of six great prizes.  We also encourage our guests to support New Albany’s downtown businesses and the local organizations that help us put on this great festival.  We welcome any new volunteers interested in helping and I share my praises and thanks to each of our volunteers for all their time, energy, dedication, and hard work put into making this Fall Fairytale come true. 

 

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Vice-Presidents, members, and volunteers, we sincerely acknowledge and thank our sponsors, the city, and downtown merchants for your support.  Your support makes many fairytales come to life for our local community.

 

Respectfully,

 

Kenneth Eichenberger, HHC President 2022-23

President@HarvestHomecoming.com