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The purpose of this FAQ is to address questions typically asked of us that are not specifically addressed elsewhere on the site. For example, this year’s festival dates, the program, and registration information and costs are dealt with on their own specific pages.
If you have a question that is not addressed either elsewhere on the site or in this FAQ, feel free to contact us. If your request for information is urgent, please make note of it in the subject line of your email. We get increasingly busy as the festival approaches so please be patient; we will make every effort to answer you in a timely manner.
What is the focus of Harvest Fest?
Harvest Fest provides a warm and friendly environment for members of the Pagan and Heathen communities to gather for the purpose of shared learning, ritual, workshops, and fellowship in a wonderful outdoor woodland setting. The central theme of Harvest Fest revolves around the creation of an effigy of the Corn King and culminates in His sacrifice during the main ritual.
Who can attend Harvest Fest?
Harvest Fest is open to all members of the Pagan and Heathen communities world wide.
Do I have to make a resrvation to attend Harvest Fest, or can I just show up?
No, you don’t have to make a reservation but pre-
How early can I arrive on the first day of the festival?
You must not arrive prior to 3:00 pm on the first day of the festival. If you do, you will be responsible for paying the day fee as charged by the Mansfield Outdoor Centre (the owners of the site) in addition to the full cost of attending Harvest Fest.
Where is Harvest Fest held?
Harvest Fest is held on the grounds of the Mansfield Outdoor Centre located about 1 hour north of Toronto and west of Barrie. See the Directions page for maps and driving directions.
I plan to camp outdoors. Can I create a fire pit at my campsite if one doesn’t already exist there?
No! It is absolutely forbidden to create any new fire pits. You must use the pre-
I have children. Is Harvest Fest child friendly?
Absolutely! Harvest Fest is a family oriented festival. We have several children and family oriented activities planned and the festival site affords children a unique setting in which to explore their pagan heritage in a safe and constructive environment.
NOTE TO PARENTS: Children under the age of 10 MUST be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or sitter at ALL times. It is not permitted to allow your children to run wild on the site. Please be responsible.
What is the weather like during Harvest Fest?
The weather during early October in this part of Canada is difficult to predict. Daytime temperatures are usually in the low to mid teens (Celsius) or high 50′s to low 60′s Fahrenheit. Evenings can be quite a bit cooler with temperatures below 0° C possible (32° F or lower). Rain is always a possibility — so it pays to be prepared — especially if you are camping out doors.
Are there shower facilities at Harvest Fest?
Yes, we have showers. However, in the interest of water conservation, they are only available at designated times (to be posted).
I have musical instruments. Can I bring them to the festival?
Yes, by all means do so. Music is a big part of all of the pagan and heathen traditions. We do, however, ask that you
not bring any instruments that require electric amplification without asking us first.
Vendors are welcome!
As a vendor, you will be expected to register and pay the same fees as all other participants. You will be able to vend as much or as little as you like and are welcome to attend any programmed events, at your discretion.
In order to keep folks from wandering through people's private campsites, there is ONE designated vending area, we call it the Marketplace. All vending takes place outside, you are responsible for your own setup and, according to our insurance, must have your own commercial liability insurance.
We have no particular rules about signage or POS materials as long as they do not create a safety hazard or impede movement through the camp.
Should you be interested in advertising in the program booklet; the rate is $100 per half page, payable at least 3 weeks before the festival with artwork sent in as well.
The sale of any alcohol is prohibited.