Harvest Daze began as Pickle Day on September 1, 1910. N. C. Miller was in charge of the first Pickle Day, and proclaimed, "When the crowds arrive, they will find everything for their entertainment." The event included a Duck Shoot, free watermelon, a bronco riding display from champion Charles McKinley, and a barbeque of meat provided by local farmers. The menu for the evening meal: "visitors will receive a plate and napkin, pickles, sandwiches, beef, tomatoes, salt and pepper and coffee. After dinner, lemonade will be served without restriction as to quantity." Village Along the Platte, published by the Platteville Historical Society
In 2017, Harvest Daze will kick off on Friday with a community BBQ and Street Dance, featuring the band Ugly Rumor. On Saturday, a breakfast from the Rotary Club, and a 5K fun run start the day, followed by the Parade. Then the action moves to the Community Complex for games for the kids, booths with great things to eat, and interesting items to browse through - who knows what you'll find? There will be a car show, mud volleyball, horseshoes, dinner from Dugout "Bar"-B-Q with a beer garden just across the parking lot. Topping off the evening is music by Narrow Gauge followed by fireworks! The fun continues on Sunday at the Ball Field with a one-pitch co-ed softball tournament, including the Home Run Derby during halftime. There'll be something for the whole family - join us!