Good people of Westport and beyond, lend me your attention, for I have some good news.

The South Coast Harvest Festival is coming soon to the fairgrounds on Pine Hill Road.

Looking for the perfect way to usher in the fall season a few short months from now? From fall garden displays to scarecrows, antique tractors to live music, fall-themed food to a kid's corner, the South Coast Harvest Festival might be the perfect event for you and your family.

The festival is set for Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the 200 Pine Hill Road fairgrounds. The highly anticipated event will be the first of its kind, though it's a reminder of the Westport Harvest Festival, which ended some years back.

The hope is that this new festival becomes a tradition.

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The festival will kick off with an exclusive Garden Illumination Preview Party on Sept. 28, 6-9 p.m. Limited advanced tickets for this special preview under the harvest supermoon will be on sale soon. People can expect to enjoy the beautifully illuminated gardens, live music and autumn-themed hors d'oeuvre stations sponsored by Just Gerry's. A portion of the proceeds for this event will go toward the Westport Fair Agricultural Scholarship Fund.

Artist: Betsey MacDonald
Artist: Betsey MacDonald

The festival will feature professionally designed gardens, floral displays, scarecrow creations, live music, mushroom log demonstrations, antique tractor displays and processions, garden talks and demos on topics such as pollinator gardens, marketplace vendors, beekeeping, pumpkin-carving artists, a live owl, interactive kids' activities, fall-themed food and more.

Summer may have just begun, but before you know it, the first South Coast Harvest Festival will have arrived in Westport and you'll be sipping all the hot cider.

Karla Acosta contributed to this report.

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