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50th annual Harvest Festival returns to Cal Expo

The original art and craft show set for Nov. 18-20

Courtesy of Harvest Festival

Get in the holiday mood while celebrating autumn. It’s the annual Harvest Festival, returning to Cal Expo for three days.

Friday through Sunday, Nov. 18-20, hundreds of vendors will pack Cal Expo’s Pavilion building, offering a trove of unique handmade gifts and food. There will be lots of ideas for the gardeners on your list, too – and don’t forget yourself!

Billed as the “original art and craft show,” the Harvest Festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary. All items offered for sale are handmade or embellished – nothing mass produced.

“Peruse thousands of American handmade items featuring fine and fashion jewelry, wood art, wall art, ceramics, photography, specialty foods and more,” say the organizers. “One ticket is good for all three days.”

Besides the handmade goods, Vintage Alley features collectibles and more from bygone eras. New this year is the Harvest Festival “Makers Market”: Mini-booths for artisans and crafters making their festival debuts or just starting out on the festival circuit.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9; seniors (age 62 and up) and military personnel, $7; youth ages 13 to 17, $4. Children age 12 and younger admitted free with an adult. Parking is $10.

Cal Expo is located at 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. Park in Lot D near the horse racing grandstand.

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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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