ABOUT HARVEST HOMECOMING
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 55 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 501(c)(3) 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 proved to be one of the most successful festivals of the year. Inspired by Vernon Niemeier and family before my role as President, an “Old Fashioned Harvest” is what we reflect upon this year and invite you to partake, reminisce, and enjoy. We hope to have some memorable floats at the annual Parade on the first Saturday of October followed by many of the traditional events plus the revamped Purdue Pumpkin Chunkin competition.
Name that Song College Scholarship Contest and a sponsored blind draw Corn Hole Tournament are returning as big hits. Kids’ Day in the Park is once again located in Bicentennial Park and 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 as families to enjoy our local performers at this stage and then head into the booth area for dining and shopping. The rides are again located on the city hall side of the floodwall and just over it at 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 two free local band concerts celebrating Schmitt Furniture’s 87th birthday.
We would love everyone to buy a collector pin and get a chance to win one of seven great pin prizes. We also encourage our guests to support New Albany’s downtown businesses and the other 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 an “Old Fashioned Harvest”.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Festival Coordinating Committee, Vice-Presidents, members, and volunteers, we sincerely acknowledge and thank our sponsors, the city, and downtown merchants for your support. Your support makes ‘memories of old’ for the future!
Kenneth Eichenberger, HHC President 2022-23