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Fun at Harvest Haze

The RM of Pipestone Community Development Corporation recognized the need for a downtown business event since there hadn't been one for quite some time.

The RM of Pipestone Community Development Corporation recognized the need for a downtown business event since there hadn't been one for quite some time.

In 2019 the CDC worked alongside the local Pipestone Albert Recreation Commission to create what is now call Harvest Haze. The date was selected to not conflict with other established community events.

The first Harvest Haze Street Festival, in 2019, was executed the first Saturday after the Labour Day weekend. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, the 2020 Harvest Haze was unable to go forward.

With the establishment of Harvest Haze, it also seemed ideal to move the Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale to the same day. In previous years the Town Wide Sale was held in the spring.

In combining the two events, Harvest Haze has become a popular event attracting residents of the Pipestone RM and residents of neighbouring towns and communities.

Thanks to loosened gathering restrictions, the event was able to proceed for 2021 and saw many visitors descend on the community of Reston. There were many yard sales throughout the morning, as well as sidewalk sales at Reston District Library, and Hidden Treasures thrift store.

The afternoon was full of events: games for children and families – free bingo held by Sunrise Credit Union, birdhouse building thanks to Hometown Lumber & Supply, as well as oversized games such as checkers.

One of the family events of the day was the Teakle Family Circus, a trio of siblings based out of Winnipeg, who dazzled the large crowd gathered on 4th Street to watch the brothers and sister perform their exciting juggling, hula hooping, and plate spinning techniques.

Later in the day saw a display from D&P Reptile Rescue out of Roblin who brought some of their critters to town; Winnipeg-based musician Travis Barre took to the front porch of Andrew Agencies to display his talents; the brand-new skate park north of the RES Centre was officially opened with a pro skater demo; the street festival wrapped up with entertainment and beer gardens available at the Dennis County Café.