VIDEO & PHOTOS: West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2015!


10:16 AM: We’re in the heart of The Junction – middle of Walk All Ways at California/Alaska – and the West Seattle Harvest Festival is under way! From our spot, if you look north, it’s the Farmers Market (above), and if you look south, it’s harvest activities (cast a line at Emerald Water Anglers [WSB sponsor], below):

The activities continue all the way until 2 pm, as does the market; at 11 am, you can buy a flight of chili ($10, goes to the West Seattle Food Bank) and vote for your favorite; at 11:30 am, it’s the Costume Parade from Junction Plaza Park at 42nd/Alaska; at noon, you can trick-or-treat at Junction businesses! In the meantime, stop by our booth for our Halloween stickers, while they last:

In the costumes we’re seeing so far, Star Wars wins the day. We’ve seen new costumes – Kylo Ren from Episode 7) mingled with the classics – Princess Leia in her Episode 4 gown:

And pint-size Wookiees like this one:

Queen Amidala (Episode 1) showed up too:

Finally, a Jedi!

Plus – space, not so long ago and not so far away:

11:02 AM: The chili competition is under way! Get to the KeyBank corner of California and Alaska, donate $10 (all goes to the WS Food Bank), and get samples of the contenders – here’s who made, donated, and is serving chili for the occasion:

Easy Street Café
Elliott Bay Brewery and Pub
Husky Deli
The Westy Sports and Spirits
West 5
West Seattle Brewing Company

Vote for your fave, and we’ll find out later who won! Activities are continuing, on Alaska and on California south of the Farmers’ Market … and the Harvest Festival Costume Parade is coming up at 11:30, starting from Junction Plaza Park, with the West Seattle High School Marching Band in the lead – it’ll wind through the market and festival. Lots of kids and grownups in costume here from the start:

Check out this ensemble costume:

And luchadores!

(Later – an entire luchador family:)

Business trick-or-treating starts at noon. More to come – we’re reporting live for the duration – but first, stay tuned for parade coverage.

11:39 AM: This is the biggest Harvest Festival Costume Parade we’ve ever seen – by far! – and it’s still winding its way through the market and festival, now heading southbound on the west side of the street. Video:

Longer version, iPhone video via YT:

11:50 AM: Now it’s almost time to trick or treat, as the parade turns the corner eastward onto Alaska and back to the park. Be sure to go see the businesses north of the closed-street zone, too! We still have stickers to give away, and on the other side of our booth is the festival-presenting West Seattle Junction Association team (don’t tell them we told you, but THEY have candy). Speaking of merchants – this is the first Harvest Festival since Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) moved to The Junction, and look who’s at their storefront on the east side of California between Alaska and Edmunds:

And just when we thought we’d seen it all today … we’ve just seen Santa Claus.

12:37 PM: We are in the heart of trick-or-treating.

The “harvest activities” continue too – art projects, like this one at the booth for Dream Dinners-West Seattle (WSB sponsor):

West Seattle Nursery had a DIY photo booth with harvest/autumn greenery:

“Plinko” was the game in the Westside School (WSB sponsor) booth:

And more costumes!

All around us, we’re seeing friends and neighbors greeting each other – same vibe as West Seattle Summer Fest here in The Junction – glad the weather has held, after an early morning shower.

1:00 PM: Last hour for the festival and the market – if you haven’t been here yet, hurry! We found some street art:

Also just announced: The chili competition winner – Shadowland got the most votes!

In 2nd and 3rd, Elliott Bay and The Westy. They’re still tallying how much money the chili raised for the WS Food Bank. We can verify it was a hit – not only did we get a steady stream of people asking us where to find it, we’re told they sold out of sample flights long before they ran out of would-be voters.

1:29 PM: Half an hour to go. Rabbit Stew is playing old-time Americana right here at California/Alaska, drawing some dancers and toe-tappers now and then:

Many of the market vendors got into the spirit too. Thanks to the folks who pointed out Whistling Train Farm’s themed signs:

2 PM: The festival flew by! Market’s wrapping up too. Thanks to everyone who came to The Junction, everyone who offered activities and treats, everyone in the parade … Adding more photos when we’re back at HQ.

4:32 PM: Just finished adding more photos, above. Here’s the last costumed child we photographed before the end of the festival, with her non-costumed dad:

Sabrina, daughter of County Executive and lifelong West Seattleite Dow Constantine and wife Shirley Carlson, is just two weeks shy of a year and a half old.

17 Replies to "VIDEO & PHOTOS: West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2015!"

  • datamuse October 25, 2015 (11:44 am)

    The luchadors are my friends’ kids! So cute.

  • jim October 25, 2015 (1:36 pm)

    At one point the costume parade filled the entire outer loop of the festival. The West Seattle Amateur Radio Club operators reported the end of the parade entering California Ave SW Northbound as the beginning of the parade was approaching Alaska street from the South. Great fun this year, and perfect weather.

  • MercyMoi October 25, 2015 (1:43 pm)

    Thanks to all the community organizations and sponsors for pulling together such a fun event! The chili cook off is a fantastic fundraising idea for the food bank. All the restaurant donors are winners! We had a blast at the festival and didn’t even trick or treat. Such a shift from the old days when the sidewalks were jam packed with trick-or-treaters and their parents. Now we have space to breathe and browse and appreciate costumes and buy farm fresh foods and chat with neighbors. So grateful to the festival organizers!

  • pamela October 25, 2015 (2:30 pm)

    Love this community event – there were so many family friendly activities. Bigger and better then ever. So many happy kids… can’t ask for much more than that!

  • sam-c October 25, 2015 (3:17 pm)

    Thank you so much to the event sponsors and participants! We had a lot of fun, saw some friends, and had great food from our favorite junction merchants and a couple farmer’s market visitors! Thank you!

  • sam-c October 25, 2015 (4:30 pm)

    Yeah. Captain Hook, Peter Pan, and the little Tinker Bell with them. A trio of beautiful costumes ! Didn’t get a chance to tell them how great their costumes were. So here it is- your costumes were great!

  • Robyn October 25, 2015 (6:17 pm)

    Thank you to the sponsors & organizers. This is a wonderful event with something for everyone.

  • tim October 25, 2015 (6:54 pm)

    What a perfect fall event! Great job Junction staff!! I had fun and so did my 10 year old.

  • Mary October 25, 2015 (7:44 pm)

    I’m so glad you got a photo of “thyme to die” at Whistling Train. As we were walking home I couldn’t stop talking about how much I love West Seattle–just because you can be out buying apples and potatoes and cheese at the farmers market and suddenly find that there’s a marching band and a parade of princesses, ghouls, and astronauts behind you. (My favorites were the cat bus (photo-yay!) and the airplane, though there were some mighty fine sheep and the aforementioned astronauts as well.)

    • WSB October 25, 2015 (7:47 pm)

      Lots and lots of great costumes. Patrick (Sand, co-publisher) tends to take hundreds of photos at events like this and this could have been twice as long – finally had to draw the line somewhere a couple hours after we got back! Maybe we’ll see some of the same great costumes, along with others, at the Admiral Trick-or-Treat event next Friday afternoon, among other places (I forgot to plug our Halloween Guide, ) – TR

  • JayDee October 25, 2015 (8:11 pm)

    WSB: I don’t have a kid in this hunt, but could you post the extras to a DropBox or similar link? I can understand if this is just one more thing…

    • WSB October 25, 2015 (8:28 pm)

      Just no time for that, sorry. More breaking news at the moment (this time for White Center Now)

  • BMC October 25, 2015 (8:12 pm)

    LOVED the haunted house and even got scared myself! Glad I went with my 7 year old! And Thanks REMAX for a pumpkin for each kid – very generous : )

  • Dawsonst October 25, 2015 (8:52 pm)

    Great event today. Really wish we could have the two block stretch as a pedestrian only zone all the time. It just becomes so vibrant when it’s closed to vehicles

  • Whistling Train Farm October 25, 2015 (8:53 pm)

    Harvest Fest is one of my favorite days of the year! So happy to be able to go all-out and celebrate fall with my favorite Seattle community! (And I’m so pleased to have made the WS Blog!) Whistling Train Farm loves West Seattle!

  • LKT October 26, 2015 (9:15 am)

    Love my community!

  • Pete R October 26, 2015 (1:05 pm)

    @Mary, I came to the comments looking for an explanation of the cat bus. i don’t get it. What am I missing? EDIT: Never mind; just Googled. Apparently it’s an anime reference.

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