Ahhhhhh, it’s that time of year again. Fall. When the leaves start to change color, leaving the St. Croix Valley decorated with golds, reds, and yellows. Pumpkin spice invades everything we eat or drink. Apple cider is a must on a mildly chilly night. The beautiful, bright sun and crisp air make a walk on Brown’s Creek trail a must. And where watching full-grown adults paddling down the St. Croix River in hollowed-out pumpkins or being witness to incredibly massive pumpkins literally being dropped and smashed into pieces is a Stillwater autumn tradition. That’s right, it’s Stillwater Harvest Fest time!

Stillwater is known for its many events throughout the year and Harvest Fest is one of our biggest. Hosted at Lowell Park, Harvest Fest is a volunteer community event that provides two days of family fun from October 14th-15th. St. Croix Growers from around the St. Croix Valley bring their giant pumpkins, ranging from 1500-2200 lbs, to top the scales at the giant pumpkin weigh-off! The grand prize receiving $5,000. Locals can view all the insanely large pumpkins while enjoying all that the Stillwater Harvest Fest has to offer.

For 2017, families can look forward to a harvest market with various kid games and activities, a kids costume parade through downtown Stillwater, various food and non-food vendors throughout Lowell Park, pie eating contests, kids tractor pull, the giant pumpkin weigh-off, a pumpkin regatta down the St. Croix River, and live music. For the adults, there is a chili cook-off and a beer garden. Harvest Fest concludes on both days with the infamous giant pumpkin drop, sponsored by yours truly, Richard McDonough Realtors.

So, bring your family, bring your friends, bring an empty stomach and maybe even a paddle and enjoy Stillwater's one of a kind event, Harvest Fest.

For more information, visit Stillwater Harvest Fest

Photos courtesy of Shawn Hogendorf of the Stillwater Current.

Breakdown of Events

Saturday, October 14th:

HARVEST FEST MARKET & KIDS ACTIVITIES
10:00am-6:00pm
GIANT PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF
10:00am-3:00pm
VENDOR MARKET
an eclectic mix of food & non-food vendors
10:00am-6:00pm
BEER GARDEN
10:00am-6:00pm
LIVE MUSIC
10:00am-5:00pm
10am-11am - The Assumptions
11:30am - 2pm - Scrapegoat Skin & Bones
2:30pm - 5pm - Jacuzzi Puma
CHILI COOK-OFF TASTING
1:00PM-5:00PM
$15 -Tickets available soon
PIE EATING CONTEST
sponsored by Joseph's Family Restaurant
2:00PM
Sign up at info booth until 1:30pm (limited spots)
KIDS TRACTOR PULL
3:00-5:00PM
GIANT PUMPKIN DROP
sponsored by Richard McDonough Realtors Edina Realty
5:00PM

Sunday, October 15th:

HARVEST FEST MARKET & KIDS ACTIVITIES
10:00am-6:00pm
VENDOR MARKET
an eclectic mix of food & non-food vendors
10:00am-6:00pm  
LIVE MUSIC -
10:00AM-5:00PM
10am-11:00am - 40 Below
11:30-1:00pm-Sweet Mash
1:30pm-5pm - Les Izmoore
KIDS COSTUME PARADE
11:30am
BATTLE TO PADDLE
presented by Party On Stillwater
12:00pm
PUMPKIN REGATTA
2:00pm
*watch as our pumpkin pilots paddle giant pumpkins down the St. Croix River!
KID'S TRACTOR PULL
3:00pm-5:00pm  
GIANT PUMPKIN DROP
sponsored by Richard McDonough Realtors Edina Realty
5:00pm

Harvest Fest Fun Facts:

  • In 2010, Harvest Fest had a World Record pumpkin.
  • In 2015. Harvest Fest had the heaviest giant pumpkin weigh-off in the WORLD!!
  • In 2015, Harvest Fest had a new MN & WI state record pumpkins!
  • In 2015, Harvest Fest briefly held the North American record with a pumpkin weighing 2,185 pounds!