Harvest Festival and Oktoberfest this Weekend in Downtown Safford

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Attendees enjoy pumpkin carving at the 2021 Harvest Festival.

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SAFFORD – The 22nd annual Harvest Festival will take place in Downtown Safford on Saturday, Oct. 22, in front of Safford City Hall from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

The event will feature plenty of vendors, a pumpkin carving contest, a costume contest, a pumpkin rolling race, a stick horse race, a sack race, and plenty of children’s booth games. 

A Downtown Trick-or-Treat will have attendees browsing through nearby participating businesses and this year will feature the inaugural Pumpkin Derby race. Like a Pinewood Derby, pumpkins will race side by side down a ramp with trophies given for fastest racer, and Best Creative Pumpkin Racer as well as other prizes. 

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: Put forth your best pumpkin carving at the Harvest Festival.


The Safford City Hall lawn will also feature Oktoberfest, which will run from 4 – 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21. 

Jon Johnson File Photo: Stick around after the Harvest Festival for live music during Oktoberfest on Saturday in Downtown Safford.

The event will feature live music and will have a corn hole tournament, as well as contests for stein holding, and carrying, and an adult costume contest and will feature plenty of beer and authentic German food.