The Yardley Historical Association started sponsoring Harvest Day in the late 60’s. The event, which has become a 50-year Yardley tradition, was held originally held on Canal St., and was combination of crafts and colonial activities, such as candle making.
In the 70’s, the Jaycees and the Jaycees Auxiliary became involved and it became a two day festival. Friday nights had rides, games of chance, and a food court. On Saturday, crafters were set up on Canal St., between East Afton and College Ave. A fee was charged for crafters and food vendors to participate in the event.
In the 1980’s Harvest Day became a one day event, held on Saturdays. It was during this period local non-profits were allowed to participate free of charge. They set up in the Boro parking lot.
During the 90’s, the event expanded to South Main Street in the Borough, and included business participation, in addition to the crafters on Canal St.
Around 2000, Harvest Day was held on S. Main Street only, and included businesses, crafters, food vendors and non-profit organizations.
In 2006, an official Harvest Day Committee was formed, and the event was moved to Buttonwood Park, W. Afton Ave., and Penn Valley Dr. Due to the 2012 construction on W. Afton the event was moved back to E.College Ave. and Canal St
And so, as it so often does, history repeats itself. 2017 Yardley Harvest Day held it’s 50th annual celebration on Canal Street and E. College Avenue, featuring crafters, food vendors, history and entertainment.