Town festivals don't continue year in and year out without a lot of people stepping forward to making sure they are successful.
Hartford Harvest Day is in its 23rd year this weekend with a lengthy list of activities, starting off with the annual biscuits and gravy breakfast at the Hartford United Methodist Church.
Cook and parade marshal Bev Laws has been involved almost every year. Laws helps make the gravy -- as she has done for 22 of the 23 years.
“We have a lot of good laughs,” she says. “It’s fun.”
Laws says Harvest Day is all about a sense of home and family.
“We’ll soon be married 59 years,” Laws says of her marriage to her husband, Duane. “It’s always been our hometown.”
Despite morning rain, the levee run took off as planned. Hartford residents Hunter and Terra Senn offered different reasons why they liked the festival.
“It’s just good to see people support the community,” Hunter Senn said.
“It’s fun because we get to hang out with our friends and do more activities,” Terra Senn said.
Other activities included a parade, kids carnival, food, quilt show, car show, booth vendors, a talent show and live music from the band Prairie Fire.