What happens when you give people an extra night to celebrate Harvest Moon in downtown Farmington?
According to Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Director Kate Knight, they show up to party.
The 15th annual fall event, held September 19-21 at the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion and Riley Park, for the first time added a third night of music, craft beer and wine, and food from local restaurants. While the DDA staff is still working on numbers, it appears 2019 topped a previous attendance record by around 30 percent.
”It was our best year yet,” Knight said. “The weather really cooperated, and adding a third night reached people who couldn’t make it Thursday or Friday. I think we are interested in pursuing that into the future.”
The largest crowd showed up Friday night, Knight added. Saturday’s attendance may have been hampered by rain early in the evening. As bands played inside the pavilion, people also took advantage of a bean bag toss, fire pit, and picnic table seating in Riley Park.
Knight said long-time volunteers who pulled the event together were joined this year by some who were helping out for the first time, and ages ranged from 25 to 70. The DDA will bring them all together again for a Volunteer Appreciation Night later this month.
Harvest Moon sponsor Tom Holzer Ford in Farmington Hills put together a video that captured the spirit of the event: