Harvest Homecoming announces changes for 2019 as Deaf Gahan plots to pocket the festival in years to come.

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A beer festival? That sounds interesting.

Harvest Homecoming organizers announce plans for upcoming festival, by Brooke McAfee (Tom May Every Day)

NEW ALBANY — Festival goers will see a number of changes at this year’s Harvest Homecoming Festival, including a new parade schedule and expanded events.

On Thursday, the Harvest Homecoming announced plans for year’s festival, which takes place Oct. 5 to Oct. 13. The annual festival — now in its 52nd year — will feature a carnival theme called “Carnifall,” and activities include craft/food booths, rides, children’s events and live music.

This year’s festival will kick off a little later in the day on Oct. 5. The Harvest Homecoming Parade was moved to 3 p.m. instead of its usual noon starting time, and it will be followed by several new events. Attendees can view the floats after the parade as they park around Bicentennial Park, where they can also participate in the Harvest Kickoff Karaoke …

 … (The festival) will feature a couple of riverfront concerts, including a Friday night concert with local and regional acts and a Saturday night concert with Katie Toupin, the former lead singer of Houndmouth, and a national act — organizers will announce the headliner in a couple weeks. The riverfront will also feature a Saturday beer festival from noon to 4 p.m., which is a new addition to Harvest Homecoming.

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