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A Brief History of the Harvest Moon Festival

The Harvest Moon Festival celebrates the harvest season and local food production, while providing an opportunity to link those from rural and urban communities. The festival is a key to promoting the Harvest Moon Learning Centre, the generous spirit of the Town of Clearwater, the talents of local artists, tasty produce of local producers and the beauty of the Pembina Valley. An important economic development activity, the festival brings in over 1,500 patrons annually and revenue generated from the festival gives an important boost to Clearwater organizations and businesses.

 

In this soundscape podcast two of the original Harvest Moon Festival organizers Robert Guilford and Dr. Ian Mauro provide a general history of the festival, its impact on the Clearwater community and participants, the evolution of the Harvest Moon Societies’ programs, workshops and organizations and what the future may bring.

 

Recordings and podcast by Kent Davies

Music by the Reverend Rambler and Stage 3 “Stage of the Free” players.

Originally Recorded at the Harvest Moon Festival Sept 13-15 2013 and Sept 12-14 2014.

Released September 30 2014.

 

For more podcasts, stories and information on the Harvest Moon Society go to harvestmoonoh.com.

Audio File:

Soundscape podcast: A Brief History of the Harvest Moon Festival.

Images:
  • Dr. Ian Mauro - Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg.

  • Robert Guilford - Organic Farmer Clearwater, Manitoba.

  • Harvest Moon Festival Photos by Emily Christie

  • Harvest Moon Festival Photos by Emily Christie