PRESS RELEASE. From the Big Wave Group on September 25th, 2023.
The Big Wave Group held its fifteenth annual Harvest Festival on Saturday on the Big Wave Farm in Princeton Harbor, which was attended by over 200 people. Every year Big Wave brings its community together in the fall as an opportunity for friends, family and supporters to celebrate, and of course enjoy the fall harvest from the Farm. This year the event was attended by Supervisor Ray Mueller of San Mateo County representing District 3, as well as Senator Josh Becker, who represents the residents of California’s 13th Senate District (most of San Mateo County and the northern part of Santa Clara County). Both are supporters of the Big Wave Project and had a chance to interact with the community, view the illustrations of the Big Wave future residence and enjoy BBQ and other delicious treats. Supervisor Mueller joined Big Wave Board President Leslie Nordin and Board Member Julie Shenkman on stage to share his remarks, including how the project will help address the housing challenge for adults with special needs in San Mateo County, and expressing his ongoing support.
The festive event included arts and crafts, cornhole games, hula-hoop contests, hotdogs and hamburgers, the Alebrijes Oaxacan Food truck, a raffle with prizes that included local restaurant gift certificates by Its Italia, Mezza Luna, Sam’s Chowder House and gear by local clothing designer HUMBA, tractor rides, dancing to live music by the BACK PAGES band, the music van Soundswaves by Sammi Joy, and the most favorite activity – the pie-eating contest. Produce and farm goods were for sale by the Big Wave farm team, including dry rubs, herbal sea salts, sugar scrubs, lavender sachets and lavender culinary products, lavender wreaths, pumpkins, fresh produce, eggs and farm honey.
Local San Mateo County day program One Step Beyond was also at the event, selling wares made by adults with disabilities who attend their San Carlos Day program. Members of the National Charity League were also on hand as volunteers, along with many other volunteers and supporters of the Big Wave Project. A fun time was had by all!