HARVEST HOME FAIR:
IMPACTING COMMUNITY SINCE 1939
Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Cheviot-Westwood
CINCINNATI, OH – Harvest Home Fair in Cheviot leaves a lasting impact on the community all year long through funds raised at the annual event. Every year, on the weekend after Labor Day, thousands fill Harvest Home Fairgrounds for fun and games, food, live entertainment, horticulture, animals, and more. Many supporters do not realize by supporting the Harvest Home Fair, they are also supporting many local programs that benefit from the Fair’s proceeds all year long.
Under Kiwanis leadership in 1940, the Harvest Home Fair expanded from a one-day Fair to two days. Part of the decision to expand the fair was to raise additional funds for the Kiwanis youth and community program. A seemingly modest contribution resulted from the 1939 Fair: $112.25. Now a three-day celebration, the Harvest Home Fair Association has given back an astounding $2.7 million dollars to the community since 1939!
Every year, proceeds fund a variety of community programs, youth projects and playgrounds, capital projects and scholarships. Examples:
- Key Club International is the high school service organization sponsored by Kiwanis through which members perform acts of service in their communities. Locally, Kiwanian Mike Rolfes oversees LaSalle, Mercy, and Western Hills High Schools’ Key Clubs. Rolfes himself is a product of the LaSalle High School Key Club and understands the impact these students can have on the community with funds raised from Harvest Home Fair. Their community service projects reach even deeper into the community: “LaSalle uses the funds to host bingo for the residents of Twin Towers and sporting events at the Margaret B. Rost School. Mercy Key Clubbers provide free dinner to more than 100 veterans annually, and the Key Club of Western Hills High School feeds more than 100 needy families at Thanksgiving, giving each a ham or turkey and all the sides.”
- Last year, a donation was made to Cancer Family Care, in memory of Local 12’s Tim Hedrick. “Tim supported the Harvest Home Fair over many years, broadcasting his weather report from the parade and raising awareness for the City of Cheviot and the ‘The Biggest Little Fair in Ohio,’” stated Randy Dunham, former Chairman of the Harvest Home Fair.
- Cheviot School’s ‘The Leader in Me’ program teaches leadership and life skills to empower every child to be a leader. ‘The Leader in Me’ is a whole-school transformation process based on a kid-friendly version of Stephen Covey’s popular book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. “We want to prepare students not just for the next grade level, but for the future,” Principal Tammy Solomon-Gray says.
The four-day Harvest Home Fair kicks off with the 60th annual parade through Cheviot on Thursday, September 7 at 6pm with the Fair opening at 7pm (Harvest Home Park Fairgrounds - 3961 North Bend Road in Cheviot). Additional Fair Hours are Friday, September 8: 5pm to 11pm; Saturday, September 9: 12pm to 11pm; and Sunday, September 10: 12pm to 9:30pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults, children 12 and under FREE!
There’s something for everyone at the “Biggest Little Fair in Ohio”. Children and adults alike will enjoy a full day of fun on carnival rides, trying their luck and skills at carnival games, taking in the animals, agriculture and horticulture; craft, art and trade exhibits, and of course all of that delicious Fair food!
Visit the Harvest Home Fair for a day and experience it all for yourself.
The weekend’s entertainment on the Cincinnatus Savings and Loan Stage includes featured acts 90 Proof Twang on Thursday, DV8 on Friday, Nick Netherton and Marsha Brady on Saturday, and DJ Mean Jean Craycroft Karaoke Contest on Sunday.
Find more information on Harvest Home Fair and a full schedule of activities at HarvestHomeFair.com