Family, friends, music, and giving back to the Binghamton community is what the Harvest Festival is all about and the event is happening this Sunday.

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Born out of love for the Binghamton community, First Ward Charities has one sole mission and that is to lend a hand to those in our community who need one as well as to put back into our community in order to make it a better place for everyone who lives, works, and visits.

Andy Kipp, co-owner of the Old Union Hotel in Binghamton felt a strong calling to give back to the community that given so much to him and stood with him telling Townsquare Media, "I started first Ward charities to try and give back to the community that has given me so much."

With help from members of our community, First Ward Charities is able to do everything from help victims of fire to buy food items for the Broome County Community Hunger Outreach Program. In addition to accepting donations through its website, First Ward Charities also raises funds through various events such as the Harvest Festival which will be taking place on Sunday, September 19 at Otsiningo Park in Binghamton.

Of the Harvest Festival, Kipp said he is, "Hoping to make harvest fest an annual event for the community to come together and have fun in a beautiful park, while also helping those in our community that are less fortunate or have come upon hard times."

The Harvest Festival will kick off at 12:00 p.m. and feature music from Horseshoes and Handgrenades, Driftwood, and Bug Tussle.  General admission tickets are available for purchase as are VIP tickets which include beer, wine, and white claws. VIP ticket sales close on Saturday, September 18 while general admission ticket sales close on Friday, September 17. Tickets to the 2021 Harvest Festival can be purchased online.

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