Noe Valley Voice October 2012

High Fructose Fun:  Isa Marquez Klein (left) and Skye Goette made the sweetest impression at the 2011 Noe Valley Harvest Festival. The Candy Corn girls, then 8 years old and neighbors on 27th Street, took one of the top prizes in the kids costume contest. This year’s competition will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 12:30 p.m. at the festival stage at 24th and Church streets. A pet costume contest will follow at 2:30.    Photo by Sally Smith

Harvest Some Happiness on 24th Street

Hay Wagons and Rock Bands Reunite Oct. 27

By Heather World


Noe Valley’s popular Harvest Festival returns Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., transforming 24th Street into a carnival of music, hayrides, jumpy houses, and costume contests.

Music favorites the SHE’s and District 8 will play at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, on the main stage at Church Street, which opens a daylong lineup with the ukelele-playing Paper Dolls at 10 a.m. Younger musicians dominate the Noe Valley Farmers Market stage all day, including last year’s runaway hit, the James Lick Middle School Rock Band, at 11:30 a.m. Flown, a rock band of 10- to 13-year-olds from Bernal Heights, wraps it up at 3:30 p.m.

The Clean-up Man: The judges at last year’s Harvest Fest costume contest were refusive about 3-year-old Soren’s authentic portrayal of a San Francisco Recologist. He was tapped for a big prize.    Photo by Sally Smith

Children will have their pick of activities, from face-painting to henna tattoos. There will be a pumpkin patch, and a visit from friendly animals in a petting zoo. The dunking booth will return, and the hayride fans can hop on the covered wagon in front of Walgreens on Castro Street, or at Sanchez and 24th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Singers, jugglers, and other street entertainers will thread through more than 40 booths selling art, jewelry, clothing, and ceramics. Neighborhood nonprofits will have space, too. The ever-popular kid and pet costume contests will happen at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively.

Tickets to a raffle, whose grand prize is a Hawaiian vacation, will cost $3 each (or less, if bought in bulk). No more than 5,000 tickets will be sold. Proceeds benefit the Noe Valley Association, which pays for 24th Street’s flower baskets, planters, and street-cleaning.

The festival is an all-volunteer effort by Noe Valley residents and business people, as well as members of Friends of Noe Valley, the Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association, Church Street Professionals, St. Philip’s Church, and the Noe Valley Association. This year’s sponsors include Hill & Company Real Estate, Walgreens, Sterling Bank & Trust, the Noe Valley Farmers Market, First Republic Bank, Alain Pinel, Alter Eco, and One Medical Group. Pet Camp will sponsor the pet costume contest.

Parking will be available in the schoolyard at James Lick Middle School, at Noe and 25th streets. The parking is a PTA fundraiser for the school, and the suggested donation is between $5 and $10.

Earn community service credit by volunteering to help with festival events between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Email Anastasia Conrad at or call 415-846-6775. You can also email

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