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It was cold, windy and rainy - but that didn't stop over 400 brave souls from tasting and judging almost 20 varieties of chili. There was mild chili, hot chili, white chili, turkey chili, black bean chili and everything inbetween.
Our top 2014 Chili winners are:
American Legion - 1st Place
Flower Boutique and Sweet Shop by Joann - 2nd Place
Huron County View - 3rd Place
The lucky winner of this years' Chili Basket was Ken Churchill from Washingtion, MI.
Ken is a seasonal camper at Northpark Campground.
We had 13 entries for this years' pie baking contest.
Top 3 winners are:
1st Place: Antonia Fruytier of Harbor Beach - White Chocolate Strawberry Pie
2nd Place: Rodney Terwillinger of Bad Axe - Apple/Zucchini Caramel Pecan Pie
3rd Place: Al's Restaurant of Harbor Beach - Caramel Apple Pie
Thank you for all the entries. Pie slices were sold after the event and proceeds will be used for future community events.
Feels like Fall is in the air! Perfect for Chili Tasting!! Grab your jackets (and maybe even an umbrella) and join in the fun on Saturday, September 13th. There will be close to 20 merchants entered in this years' Chili Cook-off. Purchase your Chili Button beginning at 11:00 am at the Visitor Center for $3.00 (only $2.00 if you wear your 2014 Harbor Beach button), get your voting ballot and stroll through town to taste all the chili entries. You get to be the judge! Return your ballot to the Visitor Center by 3:30 pm to be entered to win the Chili Basket. One lucky ballot will be randomly drawn from returned entries.
After "lunch" be sure to check out dessert at the Visitor Center. We will have pie slices for sale following the Pie Contest. Pieces will be available by the slice. If you'd like to enter the pie baking contest, bring your entry to the Visitor Center by 10:30 am on Saturday. Judging takes place at 11:00 am. We will have celebrity judges picking first, second and third place winners. Winners take home Harbor Beach bucks!
Welcome Fall in downtown Harbor Beach. We'll have veggie vendors lining the streets, an Arts and Craft Fair on the Murphy Museum Lawn, bakesales, shopping deals, and the WLEW car drawing will be held beginning at 1:00 pm on the Murphy Lawn.
There's something for everyone at the 18th Annual Harvest Festival, Saturday, September 13th.
In keeping with the end of summer events, we held our 7th Annual Salsa Tasting Labor Day Weekend in downtown Harbor Beach. A big thank you goes out to our nine Salsa entries and our +100 "judges". Our top three winners were:
1st: Joann's Flower Boutique and Sweet Shop
2nd: Hunter's Bar
3rd: Smalley's Bar and Grill
The first place winner receives a traveling Salsa trophy and a free 2015 Chamber membership.
The winner of this years' salsa basket was Larry Kroswek. His ballot was randomly drawn from returned ballots.
A big thank you goes out to this years' event co-organizers: Jodi Capling and Tumara Johnston.
Congratulations to all our lucky winners and see you at Harvest Festival on September 13th for Chili Cook-off, Arts and Crafts, WLEW car give away, and sidewalk vendors.
Great Labor Day Weekend in Harbor Beach!
Hot, Sweet...au Naturelle and everything in between....It's the 7th annual Salsa Tasting Contest in downtown Harbor Beach on Saturday, August 30 from noon to 3 pm at participating merchants. Skip lunch and join your friends and family in Harbor Beach for this popular event. It's the best $2 lunch around and even better than that, is if you wear your "HARBOR BEACH BUTTON", it's only a buck! Pick up your ballot and map at the Harbor Beach Visitor's Center and make your way around town and vote for your favorite. There promises to be at least a couple to tempt your taste buds and make the voting a little difficult. Be sure to ask for recipes so your 2014 Harbor Beach Salsa Tasting will be more than a memory. Return your ballot to the Visitor Center by 3:30 pm and be entered to win "THE FABULOUS SALSA BASKET'. We hope to see you in downtown Harbor Beach on Saturday, August 30 for the 7th Annual Salsa Tasting contest.
Look for the...
"TASTE SALSA HERE"
signs at the following businesses:
FLOWER BOUTIQUE & SWEET SHOP
SMALLEY'S BAR & GRILL
WE SELL STUFF
DARLENE'S FASHIONS & BRENNAN'S MEN'S SHOP
Also, August 30th will be the final scheduled Lighthouse Tour for this season. Tours begin at 10 am with the last boat leaving the Harbor Beach Municipal Marina at 12:15 pm.
After tasting, shopping and touring, join in the fun at North Park Campground from 7 - 10 pm for an evening of "DJ in the Park". Enjoy the campground, state of the art playground and music sponsored by HB Parks and Recreation.
It's where you want to be for Labor Day weekend....Downtown Harbor Beach.
We hope to have you join the fun!