Autumn Shindig Harvest Festival | Sunday, October 12, 2014


• • •  Schedule of Events  • • • 
11:30 a.m. Gates Open — kid’s games, vendors, food and drink
12:00 p.m. Pumpkin Carving and Pie Making — entries due for judging
12:15 to 1:00 p.m.Jeff and Kyle Ledson
1:00 to 1:15 p.m. Lawn games — three-legged races
1:15 to 2:00 p.m. Theo des Tombe
2:00 to 2:30 p.m. Lawn games — sack races, “tug-o-peace”, competition winners announced
2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Moss Quaglia 
3:15 to 3:45 p.m. Beard and mustache competition
3:45 to 4:45 p.m. The Ruckrich Family Band 
4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Community Photograph, hot pepper eating contest
5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Tumble

VENDORS: Click here to apply to become a vendor.

The Autumn Shindig Harvest Festival is a reliable harbinger of the fall season. For the last nine years, this fun, family-focused festival has become an increasingly popular annual event to benefit the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the San Juan Ridge.

The festival is a daytime affair beginning at 11:30 a.m. and going until dusk. It features live music, local crafts, games for kids and adults alike, and various contests. Volunteers will be serving gourmet stew with locally sourced ingredients donated by Mountain Bounty Farm and BriarPatch Co-op as well as cold drinks, cotton candy and pies at the “sugar shack” throughout the day.

Admission for the festival is free. Attendees can purchase wooden tokens to spend on the food and game booths. Local craftspeople and farmers, including MonaMe Pottery, Kelly Patton Illustration and Sierra Seeds, will also have booths with goods on sale throughout the day.

Past Autumn Shindig musician Nathan Maingard will emcee the main stage this year. Local musicians generously sponsor the event by playing pro bono. The Ruckrich Family Band will be joined by Theo des Tombe, Moss Quaglia, and father-and-son due Jeff and Kyle Ledson. Newly formed band Tumble led by guitarist Sean Kerrigan will close out music.

Anyone entering the pie-making and jack-o-lantern competitions must enter early at 12:00 p.m. for judging. The winners will receive a gift basket with donations from local businesses. A beard and mustache (real and fake) competition, sack races, and other lawn games will be held throughout the day.

Sweetland Garden Supply, Mother Truckers, Jernigan’s Tap House, Extasia and BriarPatch Co-op are all providing assistance as Gold Sponsors for the Autumn Shindig this year. Many other local businesses provide additional sponsorship to help this vital part of the San Juan Ridge continue to thrive.

WHAT: An annual harvest festival to benefit the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center. A fun and entertaining family event with music, games, cotton candy, stew with donations from local farmers, face painting, craft vendors, dunk tank, sack races, tug-of-war and much, much more.

WHEN: Sunday, October 12, 2014. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and lasts until dusk.

WHERE: The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the San Juan Ridge, 17894 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, CA, 95959.

WHO: The Ruckrich Family Band, Moss Quaglia, Theo des Tombe, Tumble (Sean Kerrigan band), and Jeff and Kyle Ledson (music) with emcee Nathan Maingard; local farm and craft vendors.

PRICE: Free Admission. Tokens may be purchased at the gate for food, drinks, and games.

INFORMATION:  Visit, call (530) 265-2826, or email

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