The Geneseo Harvest Time Music Festival will kick off a weekend of activities beginning with the 27th annual Maple Leaf Marching Band Classic on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Geneseo High School Bob Reade football stadium.

The Geneseo Harvest Time Music Festival will kick off a weekend of activities beginning with the 27th annual Maple Leaf Marching Band Classic on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Geneseo High School Bob Reade football stadium.

The two-day festival concludes Sunday, Sept. 24, with festivities in Geneseo City Park.

The Maple Leaf Classic Marching Band Competition takes center stage from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 23 with area high school bands competing for top honors.

Members of the public are invited to the competition featuring high school bands from AlWood, Bettendorf, Cambridge, Canton, El Paso Gridley, LaSalle-Peru, Lewistown, Macomb, Metamora, Moline, Oak Park & River Forest, Ottumwa, Quincy, Rock Falls, Sherrard and Yorkville.

Geneseo Middle School Band students will perform the introduction and the Geneseo High School Marching Band will perform in exhibition at the conclusion of the evening.

From noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, in Geneseo City Park (or at the high school if it rains) activities will include a pork chop dinner and concessions, available from noon to 4 p.m., with karaoke and music from noon to 4:30 p.m.

The seventh-and eighth-grade choirs will perform at 1 p.m., with high school choirs at 2 p.m. Choirs representing grades 4-12 will present the grand finale at 4:45 p.m., with songs connected to this year’s theme, “Mr. Johnson’s Jukebox.”

A student talent show will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A silent auction will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. with winners announced at 4 p.m. Raffle drawings will begin at 4 p.m. for large raffle items, and conclude with smaller raffle items.

Large raffle items include a year of groceries valued at $5,200 from Fareway; Phantom 4DJI Drone valued at $1,100, donated by Geneseo Charitable Communications; Xbox One S and accessories, valued at $400, donated by Hanford Insurance Agency and Miller Trucking & Excavating.