CANTON The first North Country Harvest Festival kicked off Saturday at Honey Dew Acres, Post Road, and will continue today with another full slate of activities.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Little River School, a private alternative-education school at 1227 County Route 25.
Emily Cambridge Carrier organized the event and teaches the youngers at Little River. She said the school is trying to raise funds for an addition that would house four classrooms, alleviate congestion and allow it to increase its enrollment from 35 to 40 students.
Right now we have teachers teaching in the hallway, she said.
Little River Director Steven A. Molnar said the project is expected to cost nearly $100,000.
We did a little bit of fundraising last year and raised approximately $25,000 toward the $98,000 project, he said, adding that money wasnt the only reason for the event. Cornell Cooperative Extension used to do a fall festival, but they dont anymore, so we felt like we could do this event. Were a school, so what do we do best? Work with kids. So we wanted to do this and have a kid-friendly event.
Ms. Carrier, whose parents, Peggy McAdam and Mark Cambridge, own Honey Dew Acres, said that despite the chill in the air, she was pleased the weather was cooperating. Im glad we have nice weather, she said. It was snowing yesterday while we were setting up.
Among the highlights were pumpkin chucking and Bossy Bingo. Ms. Cambridge explained that Bossy Bingo is a game in which people buy squares for $5 each before a cow is released into a pen that has been divided into a grid.
We let the cow into the pasture and wherever it plops is the winner, she said; the holder of that square receives half of the money collected.
Travis M. Bellinger was operating a trebuchet and launching pumpkins, sometimes as far as 80 to 100 feet into the air.
Taking a break from operating the machine, which he built himself, Mr. Bellinger said hes had mixed results with it so far.
We had one in the very beginning go about 100 feet, but I think that was a fluke, he said, adding that for next years event hes hoping to make the pumpkins fly even farther.
Entertainment today will start at 1 p.m. with Barb Heller and Don Woodcock playing until 2 p.m. From 2 to 3 p.m., the Canton High School Jazz Band will perform, and the day will conclude with the Dan Saulpaugh Jazz Collective.
In addition to the slate of entertainment, the festival includes childrens games, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, crafts, a photo booth, a haunted house and a farmers market.
Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students and free for children under 12.