OGDEN -- The end of summer is marked by the harvest moon and as farmers bring in their final haul, the people of Ogden throw the biggest bash of the year. Historic 25th Street is transformed into an array of vendors, family friendly activities and live entertainment.
"It's one last chance to get out and be outdoors and enjoy it," Shane Osguthorpe said.
The 12th Annual Harvest Moon Festival was held all day Saturday and it was its biggest year yet.
Kym Buttschardt, owner of Roosters and one of the founders of the festival, said they expected about 15,000 people to attend throughout the day.
Several booths were set up for free kid-centric games and activities.
"We've only been here for a while and we've done so much," Victoria Elder said.
Snowboard manufacturer Burton sponsored an activity for kids to practice their snowboarding skills. Volunteers pulled the riders through several obstacles as they weaved and dodged.
On a center stage platform a kids-only arm wrestling tournament drew a big crowd.
Other activities included a climbing wall, face painting and a human gyro ride.
"Well, we were just planning on hitting the farmer's market. It was a pleasant surprise to run into the festival," Janae Stoker said as she helped her son build a bug house at one of the many crafting tables.
For some it's a yearly tradition to attend the festival. Simon Kirschman and his family have attended the past few years and love the atmosphere.
Around the corner, the weekly farmers market is held and does great business during one of its final weekends.
"We come out here every time possible," Amon Al-Rekabi of Volkers Bakery said. "For the community I think it's just a great way to get out. For the vendors it's a lifestyle."
The celebration coincided with the Xterra Biking U.S. Championship held at Snowbasin ski resort. The athletes later came down to the festival to be awarded their medals and to screen a highlight show of the competition.
The party continued on through the night and even had screens set up to show the BYU vs University of Utah rivalry football game.
There was no shortage of food vendors and almost the entirety of Historic 25th Street was closed off as a beer garden.
"It's one of the few chances you can walk up and down 25th Street with a beer in your hand," Osguthorpe said.
Heidi Harwood, owner of Brewskies and City Club, said the festival brings great exposure to Historic 25th Street and the small businesses it populates.
"It's huge for us. Whether or not they go in today, they'll come back and go in," Harwood said.
Buttschardt said the festival always brings in visitors from other parts of the state besides Ogden.
"It helps get an audience in front of (local businesses) that they otherwise couldn't," Buttschardt said.
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