Many new attractions planned for Margaretville Cauliflower Festival

Margaretville — The Seventh Annual Margaretville Cauliflower Festival, to be held in the Margaretville Village Park on Saturday, Sept. 26, will feature two new attractions: Catskill Forest and Wood Products exhibits and demonstrations; and a tent full of farm-related fun for youngsters.
The festival, sponsored by the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce, is free and will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entertainment, art, cooking demonstrations, history exhibits and much more will also be featured.
Celebrating the agricultural heritage of the region, the event this year will highlight the connection between farm and forest with displays and exhibitions coordinated by the Catskill Forest Association and supported by the Watershed Agricultural Council’s Forestry Program.
Festival goers will enjoy demonstrations of horse logging, timber milling, firewood processing, apple cider making and chain saw carving.
Fine craftsmen will exhibit their artisanship. They include Gary Mead of Fruitful Furnishings, who will show functional art pieces including a harvest table with a cidermill press base, a hollow hemlock tree pantry and unusual wood dining and coffee tables whose designs utilize and emphasize their unique grains and curves. Custom wood furniture and accessories by Manifold Design, wood turnings by American Beauty Art, and custom signs, furniture and carving by Harnett Designs will also be featured.
Wood-heat dealers and forestry equipment retailers will be on site. Several organizations and agencies concerned with the forest environment will attend with information ranging from invasive insects to deer management, agro-forestry products to hiking, trapping and hunting.
The 2009 Cauliflower Festival will introduce children to the wonders of farm life with activities directed by Abby Wilson of Maple Shade Farm in Delhi.
There will be baby pigs and turkeys, a nutrition display and game, and a “What’s on Your Plate” craft activity. In the Farm to Table play area, kids will get to collect eggs and produce, ring up purchases at a farm market, and prepare and serve fresh vegetables and homemade bread for dinner!
One lucky family will win a free pass to the Wilsons’ 200-acre farm, where you can pick your own pumpkin, take a hayride, and learn about farm animals in the 19th-century barn. Each weekend through November 1, a different area farmer is on hand to share their farm story and give visitors local food samples.
For more information on these and other festival highlights, go to www.cauliflowerfestival.com.