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2008 Harvest Festivals in Western New York

Fall festivals began as celebrations of the harvest. Neighbors gathered to help one another make light work of picking, pickling and preserving summer's fruits against the long winter ahead. Consequently, the bright, liquid days of autumn are conducive to slow country cruises. Harvesting is done, and the sweaty frenzy of summertime chores is over. It's time to kick back and be content. Western New York has festivals for practically every known crop. Below are a few:

Please note: This calendar was compiled months in advance using the best available information at the time. Things do change. It's always better to call ahead to confirm dates & times. (Events in alphabetical order, not by date.)


Apple Fest: Sept. 28, 2008 - Busti, Chautauqua Co,. Kettle-boiled apple butter and mill-squeezed cider. Tour 1839 grist mill.

Apple Festival: Oct. 4 & 5, 2008 - Hilton, Monroe County. 585-234-3378.

AppleUmpkin Festival: Sept. 27 & 28, 2008 - Village of Wyoming, Wyoming County. 585-495-9940.

Corn Festival: Aug. 9, 2008- Avon, Livingston County. 585-226-8118.

Festival of Grapes: Sept. 19-21, 2008- Silver Creek, Chautauqua County. Village Square. 716-965-4132.

Finger Lakes Potato Festival: Aug. 23 & 24, 2008 - Wayland, Steuben County.

Grape-Pumpkin Festival: Oct. 18, 2008 - Hammondsport, Steuben County. Family event includes food, crafts, grape stomping & pumpkin painting/carving. 607-569-2989.

Naples Grape Festival: Sept. 27 & 28, 2008 - Ontario County. Grape pies, arts & crafts. 585-374-2240.

Niagara County Peach Festival: Sept. 5-7, 2008 - Lewistown. 716-754-9510.

Onion Festival: Aug. 1 & 2, 2008 - Elba, Genesee Co. 585-343-7447.

14 Annual Potato Fest: Sept. 19-21, 2008 - Savannah, Wayne County. A three day family event with potato cooking contest, potato art, potato wrestling. 315-365-3156.

Red, White & Blues Festival: Sept. - Fredonia, Chautauqua County. Annual Festival of blues music & the harvest of local red & white grapes. 716-679-1565.

Sauerkraut Festival: Aug. - Phelps, Ontario County. 315-548-2222.

Tomato Festival: Sept. 29-31, 2008 - Irving, Erie County. Ms. Tomato Pageant, Tomato Eating, Best Dressed Tomato, Biggest Tomato & Elvis Impersonation at Evangola State Park on Lake Erie. 716-549-1802.





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