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It’s Harvest Festival time


August 30, 2012

WHEN: Sunday, September 2 from 11 to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, corner of Hurd and West Shore roads in Bethel, NY.

COST: Admission free; parking $2

CONTACT: BethelWoodsCenter.org or 866/781-2922.

BETHEL, NY — The 14th anniversary of the Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will debut on September 2 with the Rosehaven Alpaca Festival. The Harvest Festival is an annual series of events celebrating the bounty, talent and beauty of Sullivan County and surrounding areas. The festivals are held every Sunday from Labor Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend, which this year is September 2 to October 7.

Over the years, the festival has grown from a small farmer’s market with a handful of vendors and a few guest musicians, to a full festival featuring close to 100 vendors each week as part of the farmer’s market, craft village and festival food area with live performances, corn and hay mazes, pony rides and more.

For the festival’s first outing this year, Rosehaven Alpacas and Friends bring live alpacas, exhibits, spinners and weavers. A boutique will offer shawls, gloves, hats, jackets, skirts, sweaters, dresses and teddy bears. On stage will be The Raddyos, Monticello Gymnastics and Darren Hendrickson, and there will be food and wine available to complement the activities.

Each week offers a new theme or special event. The second Sunday’s theme will be “Sullivan County Heritage Faire: Revolution to Revolution,” sponsored by SUNY Sullivan. It won’t be the only way in which SUNY has contributed to this year’s series. The Harvest Festival poster and rack card will feature the creative design of Alex Peretin, a SUNY Sullivan graphic design student. Another SUNY student, Stephanie Bailey, from Liberty, created the design that will be featured on the T-shirts worn by event staff.

Parking lots open at 10:30 a.m. Pets are not permitted on the Harvest Festival grounds.