Shelbyville Daily Union

Windsor Harvest Picnic

August 9, 2010

Windsor’s 114th Harvest Picnic set for August 19 - 21

SHELBYVILLE, IL. — The Windsor Harvest Picnic Committee has worked very hard all year long to be able to provide a tradition that was started 114 years ago.

“It is with a sense of pride that we continue with what our forefathers started so many years ago,” is the opening statement in the welcoming address of the committee. 

The 114 Windsor Harvest Picnic will kick off on Thursday, August 19 and continue Friday, August 20 and Saturday, August 21.  This year’s theme is “Small Towns-Where Friends Meet”.

This festival has something for just about everybody.  Whether you are looking for good food, a parade, amusement rides and concessions, first class entertainment, or flea markets, you can find it at the Windsor Harvest Picnic.

Betsy Stilabower is one of the organizers and she said this event started as a small affair and has grown over the years.

“We started out as a one day event with family picnics many years ago and this has mushroomed into a three-day event with good entertainment and great food,” said Stilabower.  It used to be like a homecoming event to bring people back and it still does that.”

Stilabower said many plans are made to coincide with the date of the Harvest Picnic. 

“Vacations, class reunions, and family reunions are scheduled close to the end of August so that people will be in Windsor to meet up with old friends and reminisce about good old days,” continued Stilabower.

The Windsor Harvest Picnic is one of the few festivals in the state with free entertainment.  Donations are accepted and go towards next year’s event.

“We work all year long on this, as soon as it is done, we start on next year,” Stilabower said.  “We do fundraisers throughout the year.”

This year’s schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday, August 19

4:00 p.m. - Pork Chop Dinners by Windsor Harvest Picnic  Homemade pies served by Windsor Booster Club

5:00 p.m. - Methodist Church Ice Cream Social

5:00 p.m. - Patriotic Opening by Windsor American Legion

5:45 p.m. - Welcome

6:00 p.m. - Entertainment by House of Zacc

7:30 p.m. - Battle Creek Band

 Battle Creek performs "Family-Friendly" performances that contain elements of a Branson Theater, The Grand Ole Opry and a Texas Dance Hall. They connect with audiences of all ages with a mixture of Country Music (Old & New), clever original songs, and Oldies Rock n' Roll. Each show is filled with down-home humor, fun and lots of great Country Music.

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