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October 7, 2012

THE HARVEST SPIRIT: Parade launches annual New Albany festival

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NEW ALBANY —

Though some official events had already taken place, the parade serves as the focal kickoff of Harvest Homecoming. Booth days will begin Thursday and run through Sunday in downtown New Albany, as Harvest Homecoming is annually one of the top attended festivals in Indiana.

Thousands of families have made Harvest Homecoming a tradition, and Vera Gordon and her loved ones are among that number. On Saturday, she stood beside her daughter, Veralyn Southers, with toddler-aged grandchildren grasping at their knees as the parade wound down Spring Street.

“It’s been a lifelong ordeal for me,” said Gordon, who has been attending the parade for more than 40 years.

She grew up just a few blocks from where she watched the parade at Saturday, but has since moved to Jeffersonville like her daughter. Still, they always make it back for the parade and for the booth days.

“It’s a kick-off of the fall festival,” Southers said. “The kids enjoy it, and we enjoy it too.”

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