Alto Harvest Festival & Car Show
The small town of Alto will celebrate their 39th annual Alto Harvest Festival & Car Show on Saturday, September 21, 2019, with activities for all ages.
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start it off right at the Alto/Bowne Township Firefighters Pancake breakfast from 7 am to 10 am at the Alto fire station, 6260 Bancroft. Golf cart shuttles will be available to and from the breakfast.
Bernie and Donna Boelema will be presented with Alto Persons of the Year Award after the flag raising ceremony.
The craft and vendor show will be set up in Veterans Park at the corner of Kirby & Linfield from 9 am to 3 pm. The Alto Library will have their gently used book sale at the library.
The ever-growing car show will feature between 175-200 cars. Take a stroll down memory lane and view street, muscle, antique, classic cars and trucks. Goodie bags and dash plaques for the first 150 entries, top 50 awards will be presented. Registration begins at 7:30 am. For registered participants there will be many quality door prizes handed out throughout the day, as well as a grocery guess.
At 10 am the Alto American Legion Color Guard will celebrate the service of all United States military veterans by holding a formal flag raising ceremony at Veterans Park. The legion will host bingo from 12 pm to 6 pm, hold a membership drive with the intention to reach out to eligible veterans in our community and be open to the public throughout the day.
There are contests for everyone, including the Blue-Ribbon Baking Contest that brings in tasty treats every year. One entry will be chosen from the Adult and Youth Divisions. A Grand Champion will be awarded a cash prize of $25. Categories include any and all desserts, cookies/bars, candies, yeast/quick breads. The pie-eating contest begins at 11:30 am. Winners of the adult and kids divisions will receive $10 cash, a trophy and more pie.
Returning favorite, Baking Bingo is a new twist on an old game. Instead of prize money you win baked goods and baking essentials. This is a true Alto Harvest Festival original. A children’s scavenger hunt will award a sweet treat to all of those who figure out the clues and turn in their hunt sheet.
The First Baptist Church of Alto will be hosting the Kids Zone, located on the green. Activities include inflatable slide, Cheek to Cheek face painting, petting zoo, emergency vehicles, matchbox derby, arts and crafts, and the life size Hungry Hippo Game. Making their first appearance at the festival is Ninja On The Move, an event sponsored by Wee-Land Farms and Dougherty Farms.
Food is always on everyone’s mind and a variety of items will be on hand to choose from. The American Legion is serving grilled burgers, ribs, potato salad and chips. The Alto Bar will be serving brats, smoked brisket, homemade beans and coleslaw. Other offerings include walking tacos, pizza, ice cream and nachos, just to name a few.
Alto is located off I-96, exit 52. South on M-50 following it to 60th street, turn west on 60th street.
Parking is available on streets and First Baptist Church of Alto.