HARVEYS LAKE – A three-day festival at Harveys Lake concluded on Sunday, providing both a chance to enjoy a parade and to recall the borough’s history.
The event was held on-and-off for many years, but was resurrected four years ago and re-titled “Lake Fest.”
“It used to be called Homecoming,” said Lex Bubb, a member of the Harveys Lake Recreational Committee which sponsored the event.
To the Marsh family, Lake Fest continues to be a true homecoming as more than 20 members of the family return annually to their family homestead for a reunion.
“Our family has owned property here for 107 years,” said Dan Marsh, recalling how generations ago, men would work outside the area and return to their families either nightly or on the weekend.
His wife, Meg Marsh, described the day as “perfect,” and said several members of the family were happy to conclude their weekend with an outdoor activity.
Robin Vergari, of Sugarloaf and a vendor at the event, said she was impressed with the beauty of the lake and the friendliness of customers.
“It’s always nice to get outside and meet people,” said Vergari, who sells hand-painted cards and signs.
Vince and Janie Kondash, of McAdoo, said it was their first time visiting the lake, and they had been out on a boat earlier in the day.
“This event was a surprise, a good surprise,” said Janie Kondash.
At the end of the day, Mary Jean Schloder, a new vendor at the event, said she did very well.
Schloder, owner of Mary Jean’s Designs of Lake Winola, said she enjoyed the opportunity to interact with residents as she described her home-based products to them.
From wine bottle covers to floral aprons to microwavable bowl holders, Scholder said her products were consistent with the event’s them of hospitality and family.
“I loved the people and I loved the lake,” she said.
Bubb said the event provided opportunity for fellowship and for getting to know neighbors, describing the lake as “a dynamic community.”
“The lake community is going through a bit of a transition,” she said. “For a while, it was more families living at the lake, and now it seems to have shifted toward second homes for retirees.”
Looking back on the weekend, which began on Friday with a dinner dance and included a host of events including live music, an art contest, a horseshoe tournament and a variety of homemade food, Bubb deemed it a success.
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