To the editor:
Despite the wind, rain and even snow, the third annual Somonauk Hometown Harvest was held and was a success.
The Kiwanis Club started the event issuing passports to all attendees, setting the course so all stations were visited. Filled passports were entered into a drawing for a huge candy bar supplied by Fox Valley YMCA. Jerry Shaw organized the Truck/Tractor Show – even though it rained and snowed there were nine trucks. Arrend’s Hogan Walker sponsored the Truck/Tractor Show and dash plaques. Country Kitchen and Somonauk Pancake House supplied gift certificates for the winning vehicles.
Julie Harte, director of the Somonauk Public Library, presented 13 local authors in the Village Hall meeting room, where they displayed their books and were available for questions and autographs. Harvest Chapel sponsored and manned the bounce house. The Somonauk Fire Department hosted an open house with an obstacle course and pumpkin painting, giveaways and edible goodies. The FFA organized the doughnut-eating contest with Kay’s Homemade Desserts and Bake Shop and roasted s’mores donated by the Fox Valley Family YMCA.
New this year was the Fox Valley Family YMCA’s Spook Bus, which added a frightful bit of excitement. The Olmstead Museum was open for visits, and the Resource Bank conference bike was available for rides. Tractor rides were provided by Brian Werner and Ben Eiper.
A big thank you goes out to the businesses that sponsored the day: Community Disposal, Huber Plumbing and Heating Partners, CAW Automotive, Midwest Dirtworks Inc. and Arrend’s Hogan Walker.
The businesses that donated the gift baskets for the raffle: Heartland Bank and Trust, Fox Valley Family YMCA, Somonauk Fire Department, Somonauk Village Hall, Rambo’s, Uncle Milty’s Pizza, Somonauk Public Library, Peddler’s Den and Resource Bank.
The committee was able to donate $500 to the Vets Roll organization for its mission. Last year’s recipient was the Somonauk Lions Club.
The committee already has started work on this year’s event to make it bigger and better. It is scheduled for Sept. 21, 2019.
Hometown Harvest Committee