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Press Release – Harvest Fest

September 12, 2012

From a Fair Food Matters press release…..

Harvest Fest brings a day filled with music to Southwest Michigan

The annual Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, brings a full day of music, food and fun to Southwest Michigan.

Harvest Fest, a program of Fair Food Matters, is an annual, community-wide celebration of food, farming and sustainable living. It will take place Sunday, September 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Tillers International, 10515 East OP Avenue, Scotts, Michigan.

Providing the soundtrack to the day’s festivities will be:

  • The Sloan/Chapman Duo (11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.): Acoustic country standards and originals
  • Smallmouth (12:45-1:30 p.m.): American folk, gospel, classic rock and alt-country that takes listeners back to the traditional hootenanny and folk club shows of the past
  • The Dani Jamerson Duo (2:00-2:45 p.m.): Acoustic country, rock, pop and blues, including Nashville-penned originals
  • The Celery City Sodbusters (3:15-4:00 p.m.): Square dancing with caller Mike Clark
  • Elisabeth Pixley-Fink (4:30-5:30 p.m.): Singer-songwriter debuting selections from her first full-length album “Bloodroot,” featuring an interactive community art project.

In addition to the musical lineup, Harvest Fest keynote speaker Malik Yakini, founder and the executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (and recently named one of five recipients of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award), will lead a discussion on food sovereignty beginning at 2 p.m.

Harvest Fest will also include numerous family activities and food and farm demonstrations, all free of charge with paid admission. See the complete schedule of activities at

Admission is $10 per carload, $1 per person for busloads of 10 or more, and free for bicyclists.

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