Upstater Destinations: Hudson Valley Harvest Festival

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We hope you got outside last night to take a gander of the full harvest moon illuminating the landscape. It was quite a doozy. The harvest revelry continues this weekend during the Hudson Valley Harvest Festival at the Ulster County Fair Grounds in New Paltz. It’s a jammed-packed two day event, kicking off on the morning of Saturday, September 21st at 10am with a flea market, farmers market, a pie contest, and the live music by The New Lazy Boys. The fun continues throughout the day with more live music, plus classes, vendors galore, a classic car show, children’s activities, and exhibits. On Sunday, September 22nd, the ball starts rolling in the morning at the same time, but with a cupcake contest. If you weren’t lucky enough to be called in as a judge, you can still sample the baked goodies at noon, when all the leftovers go into a 4-H bake sale. Pie and cupcakes for lunch? Sign us up.

Not only is the Harvest Festival an opportunity to find some locally grown and made foods and crafts from all over the Hudson Valley area, but it’s for a good cause, too. All proceeds collected from the festival go directly to Family of Woodstock and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County, both fine organizations that do a lot of good for a lot of people here in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. We took a sneak peak at the weather forecast for this weekend, and the skies look promising: Sunny and 70s on Saturday, cooler and overcast in the 60s on Sunday with a 30% chance of showers (you can call us Accu-Upstater from now on, although we’re still working on procuring a traffic ‘copter). We like those odds. Let the harvesting begin!

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From the HV Harvest Festival 2012 gallery on Facebook

Ulster County Fairgrounds GMAP

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