PAGE SPRINGS - If you have ever had a garden you know the fun begins with the harvest, when you reap what you have sown.
Winegrowers love the harvest, too, even though it can take years to see the final product of their labors to fruition.
The bottom line: harvest time is about the ripe bounty of a job well done and a time of celebration for those whose lives are inextricably tied to the earth.
Eric Glomski and his family have been tied to their little slice of heaven since they purchased a few acres on Oak Creek in 2004 and laid down the foundation for what is arguably the valley's premier wine property, Page Springs Cellars.
This Sunday, Sept. 2, Glomski, along with his immediate and extended family, is inviting the public out to his ever-expanding vineyard to celebrate the 2012 harvest.
It will be the 7th year in a row Glomski has thrown a party. And as has always been the case, there will be music and dance and laughter. There will be food and games and wine.
And there will be magicians and clowns and balloons and face painting and mazes -- plenty of things the kids will enjoy -- the harvest festival is, after all, a family celebration.
"This is really a family event that has evolved more so in that direction over the years. We encourage people to bring their children and let them be a part of the celebration. This is, after all, a farm," says Glomski.
Festival doors open at 2:30 p.m.
The music, which has always been a big part of the Page Springs Harvest Festival, begins at 3.
Headlining this year is Wicked Koalition, a band created by Arizona Blues Hall of Famer, Jimmy Mack and includes musicians who have worked with the likes of Elton John, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks and B.B. King.
The lineup will also include Alisa Freeman and Kimball Hurd, the "acoustic based psychedelic Americana band," Decker, Folk City and Redland, an acoustic rock band.
Food will be available from manzanita Grill, Harry's Hideaway, Up the Creek Grill and Grasshopper Grill.
The festival is free to all children under 12. Adult tickets are $28 for Wine Club members and $38 for the general public.
They are available online at http://store.pagespringscellars.com or by calling Etta at 928-639-3004 ext. 222. The price includes a souvenir glass.
If available, tickets will be $10 more on the day of the event.
Page Spring Cellars is located at 1500 North Page Springs Road. All festival parking will be off-site. A free shuttle will be provided.