Karen Pence with her husband, Vice President Mike Pence, at CPAC 2018 in National Harbor, Md.
Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced in an email today that Karen Pence, the Second Lady of the United States, will headline her 3rd Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 21st.

The event will be held at the Elwell Family Food Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines from 4:00p to 7:00p. The program starts at 5:30p. The Harvest Festival will feature many activities such as  live music, pumpkin decorating, balloon animals, and BBQ.

Pence spent 25 years in the classroom as an elementary school teacher before becoming the First Lady of Indiana in 2013. In her role as First Lady of Indiana, Mrs. Pence created the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation, a 501 (c)3, established with the purpose to encourage and support youth and families of Indiana. The Foundation’s board awarded over $600,000 in grants to charities throughout Indiana in three years.

As Second Lady of the United States, Pence is committed to raising awareness and educating the public about the mental health profession of art therapy in the United States and around the world. She has observed art therapy programs in Canada, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Indonesia, Australia, South Korea, and across the United States.

“I am excited to announce that Karen Pence will attend my 3rd Annual Harvest Festival as the special guest speaker,” Reynolds said. “Karen is an incredible woman whose commitment to faith, family, and our country makes her the perfect choice to keynote this event. The Harvest Festival will once again be centered around family fun for kids of all ages.

My husband Kevin and I are looking forward to celebrating the progress we are making across the state of Iowa.”

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