This article was originally published in The Gettysburg Times, September 8, 2016

By Kaycee Kemper

Adams County’s economy is rooted in its agricultural heritage. Today, agriculture, along with tourism and manufacturing, comprise the top three sectors of industry in Adams County. Additionally, agribusiness is one of several growth industries we’ve identified. If you stop to think about it, the ebb and flow of our daily lives as Adams County residents, is incorporated with the changing agricultural seasons, whether our employment is in the agricultural field or elsewhere. Harvest time is an especially exciting time in Adams County. We all enjoy the harvest landscapes—rolling hills of apple orchards, golden fields of corn, and abundant fresh produce at Adams County’s markets.

But during harvest time, daylight hours grow shorter. It can be challenging for farmers to reap all the fruits of their labor. But the harvest moon comes to the rescue! With ties to native American traditions, the harvest moon is a very special and specific full moon that occurs once a year, providing farmers with the perfect amount of moonlight to work well into the evenings, helping them to complete their harvesting work.

Likewise, at Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), we are reaping the fruits of our labor over the past year and celebrating with all investors and partners at our upcoming Harvest Moon Celebration! Set for Wednesday, September 21 from 5-7 pm, the event is a time to learn more about ACEDC—especially our current projects—and mingle with fellow community leaders.

And what better place to celebrate the harvest season but one of Adams County’s agricultural landmarks! We are thankful to our investor Knouse Fruitlands, The Round Barn and Farm Market, for hosting the Harvest Moon Celebration. Attendees will be sure to enjoy the picturesque location, the incredible construction of The Round Barn, plus the social time complete with plenty of opportunities to taste Adams County’s agricultural bounty.

centurylink-logoProducts grown and made locally will be celebrated and highlighted during the event. Another highlight will be the awarding of door prizes—locally-sourced items keeping with the harvest theme. It’s all being made possible by one very generous investor, CenturyLink, thanks to Deborah Keyser. Her creativity and support is greatly appreciated!

Event invitations are being mailed and emailed; however we don’t want to leave anyone out. If you haven’t received an invitation, we still extend a warm welcome. But please do RSVP by September 13 via phone (717-334-0042, ext. 3) or email ([email protected]).

The “harvest” of Adams County’s economic development is reaped by all who actively invest, partner, collaborate, and support ACEDC. For that we are truly grateful.

Kaycee Kemper, Vice President of ACEDC, can be reached at 717-334-0042, ext. 2. For additional information, see acedc.org, and follow the organization on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Adams County business news.