HARVEST FEST 2012
It ended up being a gorgeous fall morning for the annual Harvest Fest this year. I started my day by having a wonderful breakfast at the Methodist Church. The biscuits and gravy were delish! Katie made me some fresh scrambled eggs. I had a cinnamon muffin that tasted homemade, but the ladies confessed that it was from a box. Who knew?
I headed on up toward Main Street. I don’t know about anyone else but, I for one LOVED this event being on Main Street. I only heard of one complaint and that did not surprise me when I heard who it was. I guess you can’t please everyone! It gave the Town of Sodus some excitement from 9-3 p.m. on Saturday. There were hundreds of people around.
I headed down the street to find loads of booths with all kinds of cool things for sale from jewelry to incense, raffles and drawings, food samples, information booths, etc…
I ran into John who insisted on buying me a Rotary Chicken BBQ ticket. Who can resist free food? They had several volunteers at their booth. The chicken smelled wonderful. It came with salt potatoes, coleslaw and a roll and butter. I was walking and got it to take home before I left the festival. The chicken was done to perfection. I loved the sauce which was similar to the Cornell sauce that I’ve had in the past. They did a great job. I wonder when the next one is.
I ate this after purchasing pulled pork from the Episcopal Church (which was also great) and kettle corn from a vendor. I stopped at the Presbyterian Church and bought delicious peanut butter cookies, brownies, and chocolate cake. They also had some beautiful baskets that they were raffling off.
Mary Jane was busy with a free raffle that the Chamber was doing. I won a Mark’s cheese pizza and fried dough. (Thank you very much) I stopped in to see my friend Amy at Destination Travel. She was having an open house with more cookies and goodies.
Angel had a nice basket for a free drawing at the Child Health Plus booth. On I went to find Cindy at the Heluva Good booth with cheese samples. I had a nice chat with a very friendly gent in front of the First Niagara Bank.
Val and Yvonne took care of kids free of charge while the parents shopped.
I watched while everyone enjoyed themselves. It really brought our little Town of Sodus alive!!
I think my favorite part of the Harvest Fest was watching Tyson doing Zumba with Brittany and the ladies. LOVED IT!! I was having a heart attack just watching! I had to leave and I missed the line dancing and the Big Dog Radio Station as well as the pumpkin drop and the contests. I heard a great time was had by all!!
Please email me with any comments and/or suggestions. My email is [email protected]. You may also reach me on facebook. Thanks for reading. Until next time—Christina
Photos and Video from the
Sodus Chamber of Commerce
Annual Harvest Fest
Saturday ~ September 29, 2012
Harvest Fest 2012
Saturday, Sept. 29
Main Street, Village of Sodus
Promises to be
Bigger and Better Than Ever.
- Arts & Crafts, Food, Music, Homemade Goods
- Pumpkin and Watermelon Growing Contest
- Activities for Kids of All Ages
- Vendor Booths Open to Public
- Saturday 9AM to 3 PM
Booths will be on Main Street in the Village of Sodus
- Each space cost $30.00 and is 12×12″ or $50.00 for 24″ x 12″
- 10% discount forSodus Chamber members
- No charge for any Sodus Central School groups
- No discounts for nonprofit organizations or businesses
- Set up time is from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Saturday (Friday night set up at your own risk, no security is provided)
- Each participant is expected to be at the festival and open for business during advertised hours.
- No vendor vehicles will be allowed on the grounds between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
- You will be providing your own table chairs, weather protection, etc.
- Food and Port-a-potties will be available on site.
- Each participant is responsible for own sales tax.
- Deposits will not be returned after September, 1, 2012
For more information
Harvest Fest is coming to Main Street! The Sodus Chamber of Commerce is planning for the Fifth Annual Harvest Fest to be held on Sept 29, 2012 on Main Street in the Village of Sodus. Numerous plans are already underway and include a community pumpkin growing contest, with hopes of topping last year’s winner of over 450 pounds!
Other plans for the Harvest Fest include last year’s big hit of produce carving and decorating contest for all ages. Pumpkins, apples, and watermelons were carved or decorated and displayed and ribbons and prizes were awarded by age groups. If your harvest produce goes astray we will also be displaying any “Freaky Fruits” you’d like to share. And we will again be doing the ever popular “pumpkin droppin’ from a 75 ft crane.
The traditional arts and crafts merchants will be there with the unusual gifts for Christmas. Vendor applications are still being taken. We have many repeat vendors from past year as well as new ones; plus many local merchants will be doing special things outside their stores. Yummy food will be available: hots, hamburgs chicken BBQ, pulled pork, kettle corn and more. For more information on vendors applications please see web site at www.sodusny.org under special events, or call the chamber at 315-576-3818, or email [email protected]
There will be free activities for the whole family to enjoy like a free wagon ride around the Village; a free kid’s camp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. so parents can shop, plus free child ID done by the Sodus Mason’s. There will be demonstrations from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Canine Corp and the Fairville Fire Dept’s Smokehouse. Free live entertainment from bands such as Pink Cadillac and Country Magic plus Big Dog Radio 102.5 will be on hand and broadcasting live.
Please plan on joining us and your friends and family at Harvest Fest on Main Street from 9 to 3, rain or shine, September 29. Local For more information and pictures on previous years see our web site at www.sodusny.org
PO Box 82, Sodus, NY 14551
Email us at [email protected]
Past Years’ Harvest Fest
Celebrating the season’s bounty by Alice Irwin reprinted with permission the Sun and Record
SODUS, October 3 – As people began to line Main Street in the Village of Sodus, the feeling was universal… “How can this be? The sun is actually SHINING and it’s not cold! This fall’s abysmal, blustery weather relented for the day, and it couldn’t have been a more picture perfect blue-sky autumn day for the Sodus Chamber of Commerce’s annual Harvest Fest. The day kicked off with a parade down Main and Mill streets, with kids dressed in silly hats and jammies, antique tractors, shiny classic cars, warm smiles and handshakes from candidates running for office, and the gleaming fire trucks from Alton, Wallington, Sodus, Sodus Center, and Sodus Point. Sodus Town Supervisor Steve LeRoy with his bright red antique Farmall H had the honor of pulling the wagon full of gigantic pumpkins that would be entered in the pumpkin contest. This year’s Harvest Fest was held on the athletic fields at the Sodus High School, and it was a perfect venue. Dozens of vendors ringed the track with a beautiful selection of handmade jewelry, woodcrafts, yummy homemade jams, NASCAR memorabilia, toys, goodies to cook, and loads more. And of course, what’s a festival without great food? Funnel cakes and slushies, hots and burgers from the Booster Club, burritos and pozole from El Rincon Mexicano, and Joyce’s BBQ specialties. Former Sodus Mayor John Cook opened the fest by announcing the winners of the Hats and Jammies parade costume contest. In the ages 1-5 category, Elijah Woodcock took 1st, Ethan Cramer captured 2nd, and Henry Englert took 3rd place. Tara Sedore and Joey Gates took 1st and 2nd, respectively, in the age 11-16 category. All kids under 10 received a ribbon for participating in the parade. The Wayne County Sheriffs were on hand with their K9 partners to provide an exciting demo of these magnificently trained dogs at work, assisting in intercepting bad guys. Other activities included the watermelon seed spitting contest and the SCS Technology Club’s pumpkin chuckin’ catapults. There was an excellent turnout of entries for both the adult and youth divisions of the bake-off contest and everything was as pretty as they were tasty. Donna Love was awarded 1st prize in the adult division with her Ugly Ducking Cake. Pat Van Norman’s Summer Pear Pie received 2nd, and Sandy Hopkins’ Zucchini Bars received 3rd place. The youth division awards went to Elizabeth Frey (1st place) with her Peanut Crunch Apple Pie. Mrs. Neal’s Pre-K classes’ Apple Pizza took 2nd, and 3rd place went to Mrs. Barnes 1st grade class for their Apple Cake. Honorable mention was awarded to Mrs. Hyland Haak’s students’ Cinnamon Cake and Devon Scott’s Apple Pie. The desserts were auctioned off (a note from the writer…I won Mrs. Barnes’ students’ Apple Cake and it is truly amazing!) and a lot of people went home with some very tasty treats.
Kids gathered in anticipation of the go-kart raffle drawing. The kart was donated by Dean Kerr of Sodus NAPA Auto Parts and was valued at $700. Citizen of the Year Penny Shockley drew the winning name, Don Brown, who planned to give the go-kart to his grandson. The highlight of the day was again the Giant Pumpkin Contest, and there were some dandies. Roger Brandt’s behemoth claimed 1st prize (178 pounds), Hannah and Tim Maloney took 2nd and 3rd, respectively with 128.5 and 113.5 pounders, and the award for Prettiest Pumpkin was given to Bill Rowe. Of course, all good things come to an end, and the end for the giant pumpkins came as they were lifted up on a towering crane and dropped about seven stories to the ground. People scrambled to pick up the seeds from these very special pumpkins to try their hand at growing a monster next season. The Chamber would appreciate your feedback about their Harvest Fest event; you can e-mail your comments to [email protected]