Unadilla Rotary to Host 8th Annual Autumn Fest this Saturday

UNADILLA – The Unadilla Rotary Club will present its eighth annual Unadilla Autumn Fest on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Unadilla Community Field. Full of family-friendly fun, the event promises something for everyone.

Autumn Fest 2017 will include:

Free activities for kids, thanks to a generous grant from the Unadilla Community Foundation, including face paint, a bounce house, gaga ball, pumpkin painting and more; entertainment by local bands, singers and dancers; the competitive, always popular Rotary Chili Cook-off, presented by Christie Connors Cookies & Catering; a scarecrow contest; demonstrations by the Boy Scouts of America and New York State Police; a corn hole tournament; lots of local vendors offering handmade crafts, textiles, gifts, keepsakes and toiletries; historical hayrides through the village; plenty of fair-style food; and much more!

With fall is fast approaching, Covered Bridge Farmers’ Market of Unadilla will be on-hand offering homegrown pumpkins, gourds, apples, corn and harvest décor.

For those who like to sip the season, Awestruck Ciders of Sidney will be vending a variety of New York State-pressed hard apple ciders.

And, for any festivalgoer with a sweet tooth, Sweet Cheeks Treatery will be serving up fried waffles, bananas, Oreos and cotton candy.

The Unadilla Youth for Christ chapter will be cooking up savory options and, of course, Rotarians will dish out bowl after bowl of chili contest entries.

Just off the grounds, fanatics of all things pumpkin-flavored will no doubt appreciate the official launch of pumpkin season at The Meeting Place on Main Street, set to coincide with Saturday’s downtown goings on. The coffee house will feature pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice muffins, pumpkin spice cookies “mom’s pumpkin pie.” Apple cider, scones and pie will also be available.

From the main stage of the Community Field, area dogs will strut their stuff during the noontime pet parade. Entertainers such as the Island Hoppers Steel Drum Band and Randy Hulse will take to the stage at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively, with Studio B dancers slated for a 1:30 p.m. performance. And regional magician, “The Amazing Great,” will work his magic on the audience.

The women of the Unadilla First Presbyterian Church will debut their recently compiled and printed cookbook, God Bless the Cook’s Recipes, featuring time-tested favorites. Proceeds will benefit church activities. Proof of the ladies’ prowess in the kitchen, they will host a concurrent bake and pie sale, with slices and whole pies available Saturday as long as the goodies last.

Judging for this year’s scarecrow contest will take place at 2 p.m. All interested village residents are encouraged to dream up a loose-limbed and straw-filled entry. Any size scarecrow will be accepted and scarecrows should be dropped off to the Unadilla Community Field no later than 10 a.m. Saturday, or may be judged from an individual property. Scarecrows can depict any theme or motif, but must be family-friendly. Contest categories include: individuals/families, non-profit organizations/schools and area businesses. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners.

Chili contest entry forms, scarecrow entry forms and more information on Saturday’s event can be found at unadillarotary.org. Also, find the Unadilla Rotary on Facebook.

In addition to the Unadilla Community Foundation’s sponsorship of children’s activities, 2017’s Unadilla Rotary Autumn Fest is being backed by the following local contributors: Amphenol, CH Landers, Christie Connor’s Cookies and Catering, Country Club Motors, DC Marketing, George’s Garage, House of Consignment, Otego Family Dental PC, SFCU, Tieco-Unadilla Corporation, and Unalam.

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