Fun in the streets

South Boston’s 26th Annual South Boston Harvest Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday in downtown South Boston.

Main Street will be the focus of Saturday’s daytime activities with arts and crafts along the street, entertainment on two stages and food around every corner.

Other activities include balloon sculpting, face, body and hair painting, sand art, magic shows, bounce houses on Seymour Drive, fire trucks and much more.

The Halifax County High School JROTC will be back once again helping children make their own scarecrows. Straw and old clothes will be available at Charles Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will cost $5 if own clothes are provided, $8 if not.

Young and old may paint a pumpkin from 2 – 4 p.m. in Constitution Square. Pumpkins are for sale ranging in different sizes and prices. For a small fee, paints and brushes will be provided to paint the pumpkin. It costs $1 to paint the pumpkin, plus the cost of the pumpkin.

The Scrap Exchange will be in Constitution Square from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and is an eco-friendly, creative arts activity for people of all ages. They invite people of all ages to create using their fascinating collection of materials – fabric, cardboard tubes, floppy disks and other clean industrial discards. They bring their famous blue barrels, along with scissors, tape and staplers to fuel the creativity.

Creativity and imagination are unleashed as participants make rocket ships, costumes, robots, sculptures and more. Everyone will leave the event with a fantastic project of their own invention.

Bring the kids and camera to Constitution Square for a fall photo opportunity with a backdrop of straw bales, pumpkins and scarecrows.

Marlo the Magician will be strolling the street with his magic from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Skedaddle the Clown will be strolling and making free balloon animals from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

On Stage 1 located in Constitution Square is DJ Music by Ernelle Bellamy from 10 a.m. - noon, Essence of Movement Dance Studio from noon - 12:30 p.m.; Big Eddie - Beat Box 12:45 -1:15 p.m.; We've Got Rhythm Dance Academy at 1:30 - 2 p.m; Sax and Rhythm - R&B Band from Greensboro, North Carolina, from 2 - 3:45 p.m.; and DJ Music by Ernelle Bellamy from 4 - 5 p.m.

On Stage 2 at Charles Street is The HIGH Grass Band from 10 - 11:15 a.m.; Kyle Martin and The Halifax Hillbillies at 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m; The Bluegrass Five from 1 - 2:15 p.m.; Kermit Wright and the Good Times Band with special guest Matt Boswell from 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.; and The High Rock Ramblers Band from 3:45 - 5 p.m.

At the Prizery at 7:30 p.m., the Celtibillies will perform. Through acclaimed recordings, movie soundtracks, National Public Radio, Radio TV and dynamic live concerts from Virginia to Alaska, the Celtibillies have helped thousands appreciate the deep rooted connections between the Appalachian Old-Time music of their native Southwest Virginia and the Celtic music of the Scots Irish who settled the Appalachian Mountains.

Celtibillies members Becky Barlow, Jack Hinshelwood, Jeff Hofman and Tim Sails perform on a wide array of instruments such as hammered dulcimer, banjo, bouzouki, keyboard and bass.

The Harvest Festival is sponsored by Destination Downtown South Boston and their sponsors: Harvester Sponsor - Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital and Dominion Virginia Power; Growing Sponsor - Old Dominion Electric Cooperative; Nurturing Sponsor - Carter Bank & Trust; Seedling Sponsors Piedmont Credit Union, H & M Logging, Inc., Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, South Boston Insurance, Halifax Eye Care Center / Mark J. Morris, M.D., South Boston Petroleum Service and Comfort Systems USA (Mid Atlantic), LLC.

Organizers say the day promises lots of fun for the entire family.

For more information, call 434-575-4208 or visit www.soboharvestfest.com.