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Harvest Festival end 3-day run at Fairgrounds today

Former Pleasanton family takes over arts and crafts show

The Harvest Festival will end its 3-day show Sunday at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

It has been a mainstay throughout the western U.S. for more than four decades, and is now under new family ownership with a Pleasanton connection.

This year, the Harvest Festival ownership transferred hands from San Francisco-based Western Exhibitors to the Glenn family in Brentwood. Bob and Nancy Glenn lived in Pleasanton for nearly 30 years with their sons, Tony and Chad, attending Amador Valley High School and graduating from Chico State.

Tony and his wife, Jordana, have been Brentwood residents for 13 years, and Chad recently relocated to Brentwood from Southern California.

"This was a natural fit for myself and my family," Nancy Glenn said. "I've been the show manager for the Harvest Festivals for over a decade, and I'm pleased that my children are so intricately involved in the business."

The Harvest Festivals are recognized as one of the top 200 craft shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine and are also one of the largest indoor arts and crafts shows on the West Coast.

The Pleasanton Harvest Festival this weekend will be the first of the Bay Area festivals, with more than 24,000 handmade and embellished arts and crafts. It offers the chance to shop for original art, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, photography, specialty foods and much more. There will also be music and entertainment.

"The Harvest Festivals have always been a passion for me, and I plan on continuing the same wonderful, family traditions in which the festival is rooted," Nancy Glenn said.

Arts and crafts galore

What: Pleasanton Harvest Festival.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Tickets: Adults, $9; seniors and military, $7; youths 13-17, $4; 12 and under, free.

Bring a canned donation for the Alameda County Community Food Bank and save $2 off adult or senior admission.

Information: www.harvestfestival.com or call 392-7300.

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