On this harvest moon

The small, but dynamic, community of Talent comes together every year to host a seasonal celebration of fall harvests and local bounties that is sure to please country folks and city slickers.

Now in its 43rd year, the Talent Harvest Festival is one of the region's livelier autumnal events, with live music, a parade, wine-and-beer garden and more.

The day begins with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Talent Community Center, 206 E. Main St. The cost is $5.

For the more athletic set, 5- and 10-kilometer runs will start at 8 a.m. on Main and Front streets, near coffee shop Crema. Registration is at 7 a.m.

A community parade will begin at 10 a.m. and travel along Main, Market and Wagner streets. Highlights include the Phoenix High School Marching Band and the Phoenix Pirates, along with vintage tractors, automobiles and farm equipment, cars from a Corvette club and members of the Southern Oregon chapter of the Hillah Shrine driving their "little cars." This year's Grand Marshal will be Chuck Roberts, former Talent police chief.

New this year are a scarecrow-decorating contest, wine-and-beer garden and dunk tank — with Talent city officials and members of the police department volunteering for a seat ... or a dunk.

The scarecrows will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of Talent City hall, 110 E. Main St. Also, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Talent Garden Club will host a sunflower contest.

Live entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. when circus artist and woodwind player Jill and Daryl Fjeldheim, respectively, present physical comedy, stilt dancing and music on saxophone and accordion at the skate park on Main Street. At the same time, Mexican folk group Mariachi Centella will perform on the main stage at Talent City Hall, 110 E. Main St.

At 12:20 p.m., the Flat Five String Band will perform swing and Gypsy tunes on the main stage, and at 1 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre will perform at the skate park.

The music will get livelier — and funkier — when LOVEBITE takes the main stage at 1:40 p.m., followed by The Rogue Suspects at 3 p.m.

A plethora of general fun will be available throughout the day. Look for artisans, crafts, a food court, apple-cider pressing, a rock-climbing wall and more. For kids, there will be pony rides, face painting, jugglers, games and a children's farmers market near the Talent library.

Adults can enjoy vintages from Trium Wines and Paschal Winery & Vineyard and brews from Southern Oregon and Caldera brewing companies at the wine-and-beer garden. Stainless-steel flatware will be used in the food court to reduce waste at the event.

All activities and events are free. Call 541-535-1566 or see www.cityoftalent.org.

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