Harvest Days celebration returns to Battle Ground

Nonprofit group saves the annual festival, which takes place Friday through Sunday

BATTLE GROUND — There’s strong evidence that any rumors of the demise of the annual Battle Ground Harvest Days celebration have been greatly exaggerated.

Harvest Days celebration returns to Battle Ground
The Battle Ground Harvest Days Parade will take place Sat., July 20 at 10 a.m. along Main Street in Battle Ground. Photo by Mike Schultz

Harvest Days will return this year with events throughout this weekend (Fri., July 19-Sun., July 21). The size of the community event had dwindled in recent years and this year’s event was in jeopardy when the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce, which organized the event, merged with the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce last fall.

With the continuation of Harvest Days in peril, a nonprofit group — The Battle Ground Festival Association — was formed. The group of volunteers have saved the event and restored most of the popular activities.

“We have several activities planned for the weekend with the hopes of expanding our event event more next year,’’ said organizer Kendra Laratta, owner of Ink Ability in Battle Ground and a member of The Battle Ground Festival Association. “Due to the short time to organize this year, we were a little limited on what we could pull together.’’

Here’s a look at this year’s schedule:

Fri., July 19

Noon-11 p.m.: Carnival at Battle Ground High School.

6:30 p.m.: Cruzzin’ Car Cruise on Main Street. No pre-registration; registration opens at 2 p.m. $20 fee to cruise 1978 and older vehicles only. No burn out pit this year.

Sat., July 20

Harvest Days celebration returns to Battle Ground
The Clark County Fire District 3 Pancake Breakfast will take place on Sat., July 20 from 7-10 a.m. Photo by Mike Schultz

7-10 a.m.: Clark County Fire District 3 Pancake Breakfast at the old library on Main Street.

10 a.m.: Parade on Main Street.

Noon-11 p.m.: Carnival at Battle Ground High School.

Noon-3 p.m.: Firefighter Combat Challenge and Kid’s Challenge (Fire District 3).

Noon-6 p.m.: Vendor Fair at Battle Ground High School.

Noon-4:30 p.m.: Entertainment on the Community Stage at Battle Ground High School. Local groups will perform different acts featuring a Dad Joke Contest and a Lip Sync Contest.

6-9 p.m.: Street Dance at Battle Ground High School.

Sun., July 21

Noon-6 p.m.: Carnival at Battle Ground High School.

5-9 p.m.: The Extreme Tour at Battle Ground Skate Park. Live music and action sports tour.

We'd love to hear your comments!

About The Author

Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

Related posts