For the past few years, the Shenendehowa Rotary Club has held a road rally fundraiser. Drivers use geographical and historical clues to find their way along the road rally route, trying to meet mileage and time goals.
The rally has been a big success, but it also posed a dilemma, Rotary president Dave Tomney said. Since drivers reached the finish line at different times, early finishers were often left with little to do while they waited for everyone to complete the route.
So this year, the Rotary is combining the road rally with its inaugural Harvest Festival. Set for Saturday, Oct. 5, at Clifton Park Golf, 1759 Route 9, from noon to 5 p.m., the festival will offer crafts, food, music, pony rides and children's activities.
We said, 'What do we like to do in the fall?' Tomney said, remembering how Rotary members were trying to come up with ways to entertain the drivers who were the first to complete the road rally. "We decided, why don't we have a whole festival?"
In addition to offering fun for the whole family, the Harvest Fest will raise money for the Rotary Club, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Fred Droms established the local club in 1958, and today there are about 35 members, who take part in both local and international service projects.
"Whenever there's an event, everyone gets involved," said Mollie Kennedy, a co-chair for the Harvest Fest.
That spirit of cooperation was one of the things that attracted Kennedy to the club when she decided earlier this year that she wanted to get involved with some kind of service organization. She checked out the Rotary Club on the recommendation of a co-worker, and she quickly felt it was a good fit.
"I was just enamored by the people," she said.