Homecoming & Family Weekend 2013 - Community Events


Harvest Festival
The North Manchester Chamber of Commerce plans its annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 5, and Manchester University alumni are invited. The festival celebrates the autumn season and features quality craft and specialty food vendors, all in the downtown Market Street area.

Festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. continuing until 3 p.m., and include harvest-themed events such as a cow milking challenge, a petting zoo, pumpkin painting, horse and wagon rides, and a “Guess the Animal’s Weight” contest. Craft booths will be open along the sidewalks, and hayrides will be offered, 9 a.m. - noon. A kiddie tractor pull begins at 1 p.m., and pony rides will be on Market Street, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. A 5K Run/Walk benefitting The Learn More Center begins at 9 a.m., with
registration 7:45 - 8:45 a.m., or register in advance at www.learnmorecenter.org.

Also included during the day is the Farmers Market, 8 a.m. - noon, at Wayne and Main streets. In addition to the fresh produce offered at the market, festival-goers can sample the flavors of autumn with culinary treats such as apple dumplings, grilled tenderloins, pulled pork BBQ and more.

Merchants Tour
While you’re downtown for the Harvest Festival, visit these North Manchester merchants, Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon, for discounts and perks offered especially for MU alumni and guests!

  • First Financial Bank – Treats for visitors
  • KenapocoMocha Coffee and Pastry Shoppe – 50 cents off espresso for students
  • Modern Impressions – Discount coupons
  • Hire’s Gifts and Electronics – Drawing for $25 gift card
  • Shepherd’s Chevrolet – Chevy apparel
  • Public Library – Free student cards and treat
  • One World Handcrafts – Discount to students good for a month
  • Fruitt Basket Inn – Muffins for students, discount cards for parents on future stays
  • Seifert’s High 5 Sports
  • State Farm Insurance – Snacks, giveaways
  • H&R Block – Discounts to college students

Making a weekend of it? Find listings for local accommodations and restaurants.

Top 10 Road Trip Songs
No road trip is complete without a playlist of songs that capture the excitement and freedom of the open road, with lyrics so singable you’ll want to try out for “The Voice,” eliminate the need for a 5-hour energy drink, yet distract you long enough to miss three rest areas! Are you ready to get your Car-aoke on?

1. Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts
2. On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
3. Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles
4. Slow Ride – Foghat
5. Take the Long Way Home – Supertramp
6. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
7. Runnin’ on Empty – Jackson Browne
8. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car – Billy Ocean
9. Life in the Fast Lane – Eagles
10. Cruise – Florida Georgia Line