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Sept. 19 Harvest Festival to celebrate and award HL businesses
Sept. 13, 2019

Nancy Dashwood
Staff Writer

HOWARD LAKE, MN – The Howard Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (HLACC) is set to celebrate and promote local businesses at its 6th annual Harvest Festival fundraiser Thursday, Sept 19.

Keeping with successful tradition, the event will take place at the Codger’s Cove Lodge on Howard Lake.

The evening begins with a social hour and the kick off of a silent auction at 6 p.m. Special guests at this year’s event include Howard Lake royalty.

Howard Lake City Council Member Jason Dieter will provide music during the evening.

Although silent auction items information is somewhat classified, HLACC President Jeff Schoess confirmed that apple pies, oil ink painting, handmade soap, and business gift certificates will be up for bid.

Dinner, catered by the Waverly Cafe, begins at 7 p.m. The menu for the festival includes grilled chicken with a creamy Parmesan sauce, loaded mashed potatoes, baby carrots, and a seven-layer salad.

The festivities kick into an even higher gear at 7:30 p.m. with a Decadent Dessert auction.

In the past, the Decadent Dessert auction has showcased pumpkin cheesecake, warm fruit crisp, Carlson’s Orchard apple pie, red velvet cake, and many different sweet, fall-themed creations.

The Dream Big award and the Service award winners are chosen by the executive committee of the HLACC, and are presented at the Harvest Festival.

This year, Neal and Zach Wisch, the new owners of North Fork Custom Meats and Processing, will be presented with the Dream Big award. The award is bestowed upon people starting or revising a business within the HLACC area.

The Wischs are a father and son duo, who, with the assistance of their wives, have already shown a full display case of products for sale daily at the meat shop. They also provided the hotdogs for Howard Lake’s National Night Out celebration in August.

Craig and Jennifer Butturff of Phenomenal Rehab will be presented with the Service award.

The award is presented to honor the recipients for their community involvement.

The HLACC Executive Committee members chose the Butturffs and their staff for the honor because they have been a great help and partner to the Chamber.

For many years, Jennifer has taken charge of the kitchen for the chamber’s free pancake breakfast at the business expo each March.

The HLACC, which sponsors the Howard Lake Farmers Market, also bestows a Dream Big award upon a farmers market vendor.

This year, the award will be presented to John Swanson of SwanBee Honey. Swanson has been a full-time vendor at the market for two seasons, and brings wonderful products and produce to customers.

The HLACC Executive Committee wanted to thank Swanson for his knowledge and support of the Howard Lake Farmers Market.

Tickets for the HLACC Harvest Festival cost $25 each, or $45 for a pair.

Tickets are available for purchase at Howard Lake Wine & Spirits, or Braham Gilmer Monuments.

Additional information about the HLACC is available on the organization’s website. A link for the website may be found at heraldjournal.com, under Featured Links.

The mission of the Howard Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is to promote a thriving community in the Howard Lake area.

Chamber members seek to cultivate new opportunities to establish Howard Lake as the premier destination for businesses,

customers, and families.

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