BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Last year’s Briarcliff Manor Harvest In The Village featured dozens of animals, music and entertainment. This year, the Briarcliff Manor Chamber of Commerce is giving residents even more.
The fourth annual festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Briarcliff Manor. Officials said hits from last year like the petting zoo, bouncy castle, clown and music from Mike Risko School of Music are all returning. Last year roughly 3,000 people turned out for the festival. In order to make the event even bigger, Chamber of Commerce President Eric Messer said they are featuring several new attractions this year.
“The petting zoo, clown, juggler and the music were all big hits from last year so this year we’ve got a stilt walker and new pony rides and we think those will be big hits too,” Messer said. “It’s going to be a big, friendly event and it should be a really fun day.”
Over the years, the Harvest In The Village has become one of the largest community building events in Briarcliff Manor, Messer said.
“The biggest plus is that it really brings the community together and that’s so important for our small town,” he said. “It’s what makes a town. If you have no events, aside from sports, people don’t come out as much and don’t get to know each other. So it’s really great to have a reason to come out and have fun.”
Donald Borho, member of the Briarcliff Manor Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, agreed.
“This is probably one of the top three events in our village all year,” Borho said. “People seem to have a lot of fun at the festival every year and it really does bring the community together.”
Borho added that the festival has made a huge impact on the community in a short time.
“A few years ago, before there was even a chamber of commerce, we were really interested in getting people together and increasing community spirit,” he said. “A lot of people here work in Manhattan and a lot of kids go to private schools so they didn’t come out much. So we wanted a fall event to kick off the holiday season early and have some fun and it’s been really great every year we’ve done it.”
Businesses participating in this year’s festival include downtown Pleasantville Road locales as well as some businesses outside the downtown area including Atria Briarcliff Manor, Club Fit, Wondrous Things, Houlihan Lawrence and The Daily Voice, the publisher of this news site.