Music and kids' stuff at Cauliflower Festival

Margaretville — Music, magic, clogging and fun for children will add spice to the seventh annual Mar-garetville Cauliflower Festival Saturday, Sept. 26 in the village park. The festival (cauliflowerfestival.com) will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, sponsored by the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce and Kids in the Katskills. The event is free and will include fine art and crafts, cooking demonstrations, history exhibits, horse-logging demonstrations, cider making and much more to celebrate the agricultural heritage of the region.
Of course, local products, especially cauliflower, will be available for purchase.
An 11:45 a.m. tractor parade will feature antique and contemporary workhorses of the field. After the parade around the festival site, the tractors will be parked to allow visitors an up close view and a chance to talk with their farmer owners. Contact Lauren Davis at 586-4661 for more information about participating in the tractor parade.
Traditional tunes will form the soundtrack to the festival from noon to 3:30 p.m. On stage will be Ira and Laurie McIntosh, Andes performers, whose love of the Catskills and its storied characters is eclipsed only by their musical talent. Ira plays mandolin, guitar, banjo and bass; Laurie plays guitar and adds sweet vocals to a gumbo of songs, legends, anecdotes and Catskill Mountain lore.
Joining Ira and Laurie will be Henry Hermann, another well traveled area performer noted for his virtuosic fiddle playing. Henry has appeared with a number of bands, bringing his distinctive sound to bluegrass and blues, country and swing.
The Schoharie Valley Cloggers will add their rhythmic footwork to the mix with two afternoon sets of Appalachian clogging performed to recorded country and western tunes. The 14-member group hails from all over the Catskills and has been dancing together since 1989.
A quieter, but no less mesmerizing entertainer is magician Arthur Martello, who will amaze and delight with feats of magic and sleight of hand. The popular magic man will perform at 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Once again the Catskill Mountain Antique Engine and Machinery Club will give rides to children aboard their adorable Barrel Train. This five-car train pulled by a garden tractor is made up of carefully cut 55-gallon drums painted in signature colors of classic tractor brands. Donations from riders are given to local charities.
Kids will be delighted by close encounters with all kinds of critters — Jason’s Frogs, Bugs and Animals ferried in a wagon about the festival grounds; the Strich family’s petting zoo and pony rides; and Maple Shade Farm’s baby pigs and turkeys. There will also be horse-drawn surrey rides around the park provided by the Paul Spickerman family of Coulter Brook, Bovina.
Funding for this year’s festival is provided by the Watershed Agricultural Council’s Forestry and Pure Catskills Programs, the Catskill Forest Association, and many business and individual supporters.