Fall Into Fun With a Harvest Festival Fundraiser

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As I look outside my window I notice that the leaves are already starting to turn. Memories of my children picking the perfect pumpkin from the pumpkin patch come to play in my mind.  Along with me having to remind them that they must be able to carry the pumpkin from the field to the checkout counter in order to be able to take it home.  I can almost taste the apple’s we would pick and smell the apple and pumpkin pies.

Everyone will soon start decorating with hay bales, corn stalks, pumpkins, and mums.

Fall is typically a busy time of the year for fundraising.  A Fall festival filled with pumpkins, pies and corn mazes is an easy way to  celebrate the gathered harvest while raising more money for your cause.

Some Fall Festival Activities You Can Offer

 A Harvest Dinner

At the harvest festival arrange a dinner that features local chefs and businesses. Attract sponsors by offering to promote their brand on event paraphernalia and on your donation and registration pages. You could provide different types of sponsorship advertising based on the amount of money that the business donates.

Apple Picking

Partner with a local orchard and sell tickets for an apple picking walk.  Compliment it with an apple cider sale. You’ll be raising money while warming the bodies of community members!

Pumpkin Picking

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If a Pumpkin patch is not available, then consider ordering pumpkins in bulk online, at a local nursery, or through a large store like Walmart. You can pre-sell the pumpkins at your office, church or any public space like a farmer’s market to raise money for your cause.

 

A Corn or Hay Bale Maze

Create your own maze in an open location like a field or even empty parking lot. No matter what, your donors are bound to have an a-maze-ing time!

A Bonfire Event

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End your event with a bonfire.  Roast marshmallows and make S’mores.   You can collect pallet donations from local businesses.   Be sure to partner with your local fire department for safety regulations.

Donations can even come in the form of a registration fee to enter a contest.

Have A Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Contest

Try a carving or decorating contest!  Supply the pumpkins, accessories, and carving utensils. Be prepared to be astounded by the talent of kids of all ages. Ask participants to pay a small fee to compete. The winner gets bragging rights for the rest of the year!

Have A Pie Baking Contest

Take advantage of everyone’s seasonal obsession with pumpkins, apples, and spices with a pie baking contest. As a bonus, you can sell or raffle off the pies for a donation.

Recruit Volunteers

Plan for volunteers to help with all aspects of the Fall festival fundraiser.  This ensures a safe, fun-filled evening. Give volunteers responsibilities for site prep, unloading, promoting the sale  of pumpkin, finding sponsors, additional entertainment options, concessions, and site cleanup.

Add More Revenue Opportunities!

Once you have visitors on site, find more ways for them to spend money during your fundraiser event. Try adding a face painting station, a petting zoo, a photo area with hay bales for the backdrop, a fresh-farm produce stand, or even have a side booth hosting a bake sale or other concessions.  For more Fall Festival ideas visit us on Pinterest.

Don’t Forget to Promote your Fall Festival

Use clever signs, flyers, and notices on websites, at food stores, schools, churPromote your eventches and in the local newspapers. Sell tickets ahead of time. Have your sponsors sell tickets at their business.  You can also sell tickets for admission as well as booth space to vendors.  Ask for sponsorships in exchange for brand promotion on event registration pages, T-shirts or merchandise.  You can have different levels of sponsorship promotions based on how much a business donates.

Set up an online event page that allows those who can’t attend the event to make a donation online.

I think that a Harvest Festival is a great way to have fun, raise awareness for your cause while rising more money.

Gail Schalizki
Gail Schalizki
Media Specialist

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