Two local festivals in the area Oct. 5 and 6 celebrate the harvest season and life on a a family dairy farm.
Hunt Country Harvest Festival
Thirty years ago Art and Joyce Hunt had the first Harvest Festival at Hunt Country Vineyards. Oct. 5 and 6 they will celebrate their 30th Harvest Festival. “We’ve always had a following for our core events: wine, food (Hunt Country Café along with Silo Food Truck and Anita Pizza), haywagon and winery tours, live music (Evan Meulemans and Aaron Lipp and the Slacktones Saturday, and John Beck and Friends Sunday), local crafters and artists, and activities for children like pumpkin painting,” said Joyce Hunt.
For the 30th anniversary some new attractions have been added. There will be ax throwing with DJ Kitzel. Kitzel will also demonstrate rustic furniture building. Wild Wings will be at the festival Saturday, and the ZooMobile from the Seneca Park Zoo will be at the winery Sunday.
There will be a biochar demonstration with Kathleen Draper and First Crop Industrial Hemp information with Michael Bowman. There is no admission charge and the event runs rain or shine.
Fall Family Festival
Shtayburne Farm’s Fall Family Festival will be hosted by the Hostetler family from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct 5, right on their family farm.
Shtayburne Farm is a working dairy farm on the west side of Seneca Lake just off State Route 14 in Rock Stream. This Mennonite farm has been owned and operated by the Hostetler family for four generations. The family began making farmstead cheese in 2010, and opened their farm store that November. “Our first Fall Family Festival was in 2015 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the opening of our family Cheese Shop,” said Lorin Hostetler, owner of the family-run dairy and its creamery, as well as head cheesemaker. “It was meant to be a one-time event. But we had so many requests to continue this family-centric event, well, we do! Local vendors will sell a cornucopia of fall favorites all day, and there will be many family and kid activities. Admission is free and includes farm tours, petting zoo, play area, big top admission, and bounce house. Hayrides are $1, and game and activity tickets are just 50 cents each.