Excitement for this year’s Anna Harvest Fest mounted early, as the Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce filled all its slots for vendors weeks ago. And with around 5,000 people expected to attend the festival, which will run from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at Slayter Creek Park, there will be plenty of parking for attendees.


Primary parking for the festival will be located at 1201 N. Powell Pkwy., while secondary parking, which includes a free bus ride to and from the festival entrance, will be located at Anna High School, which is located at 1107 W Rosamond Pkwy.


There will be more than 30 vendors selling a variety of goods at the festival.


“Vendor wise, we filled up quicker this year,”Anna Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kevin Hall said earlier this month via email before noting there were also many vendors on the wait list. “For our residential community, this is a time to get together for a free, family event. Walking through the park you hear many people laughing and talking, while checking out the vendors, bounce houses and stage activities. The weather last year was also warmer than usual. With the event taking place outside, that can be a factor in how many people attend and how long they stay at the festival.”


In addition to the vendors, the free festival will feature live music, a Kids Fun Zone, costume contest and a number of dining options in the food court.


“We also want to thank the Anna Community Development Corporation for being our Presenting Investor,” Hall said, adding there are more than 50 community partners working with the Chamber to help put on the festival. “It is our privilege to connect our businesses and residents together during this event.”


Primary parking for the festival will be located at 1201 N. Powell Pkwy., while secondary parking, which includes a free bus ride to and from the festival entrance, will be located at Anna High School, which is located at 1107 W Rosamond Pkwy.


Stage activities start at noon with registration for the costume contest, which is open to all ages, followed by White Street Band at 1 p.m. and Lift Dance Fitness Arts at 2 p.m. The costume contest will be held at 2:45 p.m. and then the Fierce Motions in Dance performance is set for 4 p.m., with Kaitlyn Sparks set to take the stage at 5 p.m.


Hall said the Anna community’s support has been a huge factor in the continued success of Harvest Fest, but he stressed that those from outside Anna are welcome as well.


“It is open to all, even those living in Melissa and other cities nearby,” Hall said. “Parking and entry are free; however, make sure to have some money or a card ready in case you get hungry. There will be food trucks on site, as well as, vendors selling items such as jewelry, clothing and specialty items. With Christmas just around the corner you might find a unique gift for a loved one.”