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Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival honors local historian

Ella Honeycutt — shown with her husband, Stan — is grand marshal of the 2011 Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival.
Ella Honeycutt — shown with her husband, Stan — is grand marshal of the 2011 Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival.

While recalling her more than 30 years of contributions to the county, Ella Honeycutt noted, “If you’re going to do something with your life, do something that’s positive.”

Honeycutt, 82, has been chosen as this year’s grand marshal of the 74th annual Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival for her contributions to the farming community and preservation of land in the Arroyo Grande Valley and surrounding areas.

Honeycutt has written several local histories, served about 30 years on the Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District (and still serves as its unofficial historian), worked to save Pismo Lake, and for numerous years made large displays using local produce during Harvest Festivals.

Honeycutt and her husband, Stan, have been married 63 years and have four children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The Harvest Festival starts today at 4 p.m. with the Arroyo Grande Rotary Club’s 46th annual fish fry, a salsa and chili cook-off, games, food and crafts booths, entertainment and a haunted maze.

A parade starts Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by more entertainment including wiener dog races, a costume contest, a diaper derby, spelling bee, an antique engine display, a pie-eating contest and carnival rides.

For more information, go to www.agharvestfestival.com.

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