The popular Sharon Springs Harvest Festival is slated to kick off on Saturday.
Attendees can take horse-drawn carriage rides through the village, stopping to see more than 90 food and artisan vendors as well as live music.
Previously, it was organized by Beekman 1802, which has a farm and a storefront in Sharon Springs. It’s attracted upwards of 15,000 people from not only the Capital Region but also from neighboring states and is one of the most popular annual events held in the county.
While it wasn’t held in 2020 because of the pandemic, it’s being brought back this year by the Sharon Springs Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s a major festival for us, for the community,” said Ron Ketelsen, chamber president and festival organizer. “It brings a lot of people here. It brings a lot of business for our shops so we wanted to continue it because it’s just important for the economy here and it’s a good way to keep the name of the community [out there].”
Throughout the festival, which runs from Saturday to Sunday, there will be live music by Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers, a jazz band that many will recognize from the Saratoga Race Course. Over the years, the band has often spent summers at the track performing jazz numbers from the 1920s and 1930s. There will also be a magician and balloon twister for the kids, as well as pony rides.
When it comes to vendors, there’s no shortage of locally sourced options. The lengthy list includes everything from jewelry to food to soap.
Other local businesses, like the Beekman 1802 Mercantile, will be open. The Beekman farm will also host a tour as it’s done in previous years, however, it is sold out at this time according to Ketelsen.
Most of the festival will be held outdoors, though organizers are suggesting that attendees mask up.
“It’s not required to be vaccinated to attend but we do suggest that people wear masks because there will be unvaccinated people around,” Ketelsen said.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Parking will be limited and no parking will be allowed on Main Street during the festival. Attendees can park at the Sharon Springs Central School, the library and Main Street/Pavilion Avenue. There will be shuttles running continuously throughout the weekend from the parking areas to the festival.
The festival is free to attend, however, as a COVD-19 precaution, the Schoharie Department of Health requires that all attendees register for tickets ahead of time online. To register and for more information visit sharonspringschamber.org.