Harvest Festival to sizzle with grilling competition

PORTER — Fire up the grills.

The Porter Harvest Festival is this weekend and that means the grilling competition will be held Sunday at Schoneman Memorial Park Shelter starting at 1:30 p.m.

According to one of the festival organizers, Josh Sumption, the grilling competition has become one of the favorite events for more than a decade. He said anything goes as grillers can barbecue everything from appetizers to meats and vegetables.

“They sell the plates of food and people go around and pick up samples of each creation,” Sumption said. “It’s a people’s choice award. Whoever gets the most votes wins.”

There are a variety of other events and entertainment starting today and through Sunday.

The Porter Development Supper and fundraiser will be from 5-7 p.m. today at the Porter Cafe and the mower fun run will start at 6 p.m. The senior citizen king and queen coronation will be at 7:30 p.m. at Schoneman Memorial Park. The evening will end with concert in the park featuring Party of 5 out of Watertown, South Dakota.

Saturday begins with the omelet breakfast fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon at Porter Hall and the softball tournament at Schoneman Memorial Park starts at 8 a.m. The 5K cross country race and Stroll and Roll around town starts at 9 a.m.

“Anything goes” during the tractor and equipment show that starts at noon. After the tractor show, the parade around the park starts at 4 p.m. The day ends with parking lot dancing and karaoke at the Cut Loose Bar 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Sunday, the Porter Dusters Saddle Club will hold a horse show and competition. The old-time ice cream, homemade pie and barbecue social will be from 4-7 p.m.