Voting is now underway for the Harvest Prince and Princess in the first Pride of Pierce City Harvest Fest, slated for Oct. 6 in Pierce City.
Candidates for the titles are:
* Kindergarten -- Kyler McWilliams and Gloria Thao or Cohen Stockton and Shelby Abramovitz.
* First grade -- Addison Inman and Jayden Talbert or Eddy Meza and Sabrina Crow.
* Second grade -- Skylea Hagebusch and Lincoln Johnson or Catherine Canales and Kaden Ridenour.
Collection cans have been placed at Casey's General Store, Flummerfelt's Town and Country Supermarket and City Hall for the penny-a-vote contest. Candidates collecting the most money will be crowned at 12:15 p.m. at the festival.
A chili cook-off is planned, with two winners to be announced. The first will be the people's choice and the second will be named by a panel of judges. Winners will be announced at 1:15 p.m.
Free activities for the kids include a hay maze and a sand box.
Those wishing to have photos made during the event will have the opportunity to visit the Jeremy Huse Photography booth.
Members of the Pride of Pierce City will be selling mums as a fundraising activity.
Booths will include crafts, sweets, caramel apples and face painting.
A pumpkin carving contest will also take place during the festivities. Pumpkins will be judged in four divisions: ages five and under; 6-10; 11-15; and 15 and older. Pumpkins will need to be pre-carved and brought to the festival. Judging will be based on creativity and originality.
Nae's Diner will donate $1 for every lunch special purchased to the Pride of Pierce City fundraising campaign.
Following the festival, the Jenny Garner Memorial benefit dinner will be held through 7 p.m. at the Pierce City Senior Center.