November 21, 2019
Due to a poorly coordinated attempt at keyboard acrobatics, the end of the Harvest Feastival article in last week’s issue did not appear on the page. For this reason, we are reprinting the full story for you this week:
This year’s annual Harvest Feastival, sponsored by the Moorcroft Area Chamber of Commerce, was visited by over 80 guests at the new venue in the MTC and hosted more than 16 soups with accruements.
A couple of glitches came up with electrical access and space, according to chamber member and co-organizer Elaine Buckmiller, but were overcome to some extent as guests began to arrive from Moorcroft, Pine Haven and even Gillette.
A few, like local resident Laura Long, attended for the first time; she was impressed with the delicious soups and company. She described her soup tasting strategy: “I had to look at all of them and then went back around again.” She started with a bowl of pork tortilla and tried samples of the others to offer a qualified vote.
Others, like Melodie Jones and couple Arney and Penny Altaffer, have been coming to this event for more than a decade. These connoisseurs of soup usually have a preference and the overwhelming favorite of many seemed to be the ham and bean.
Altaffer, who sticks with his potage of choice said, “Why would you try anything else?” With that said, though, this year’s strong contender was the first-time shrimp and corn chowder and the tomato bisque.
Alyson White and Cynthia Clonch tied for People’s Choice in the soups; Susan Millard won the fall decorated theme cake contest; Avery Burr guessed how many candies were in the jar; and Justin Clark won the $500 cash prize, donating $100 back to the chamber for the Christmas Basket Project, to which all proceeds from this event go.
The Moorcroft Senior Center up the hall, hosted a bake sale with a myriad of sweet treats to help add much needed funds to their building coffers.
“The businesses were very generous with the silent auction items,” Buckmiller later reported, “And the cooks in our area, as always, were on their A-game when it came to soup. The MACC and the Feastival committee overall were pleased with the event.”
She noted, though, that while the MTC staff was very accommodating and easy to work with, “We would like to go back to the Fire Hall if possible due to size and electrical. We had some people who did not stay as there was no room and we feel that the downtown businesses benefit by it being downtown.”