SACKETS HARBOR Grow local. Buy local. Be local.
That was the message many vendors and attendees shared Saturday at the third annual Made in New York Festival, which was held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the grounds of Madison Barracks.
Weve got plenty of room to grow, said Corry J. Lawler, property owner. Theres a lot of positive things this could generate.
One of them already is that the event acts as a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels, which serves hundreds of meals per week to the elderly and disabled in the Watertown area, and the Watertown Urban Mission, which operates six major programs to help thousands of people each month.
Throughout the past two years the festival has generated $12,500 for Meals on Wheels. The mission was a new partner this year.
Bradley K. and Laurie J. Lundquist, Deer River, said they attended the festival to support local agencies and businesses, which is something they often do.
We came two years ago and liked it, and all of the activities going on, Mrs. Lundquist said.
The event had more than 80 vendors and several bands, including the blues-rock legends Foghat. The Lundquists picked up some cheese curd from Bechaz Riverdale Cheese, Clayton, and wine from wineries along the Thousand Islands Seaway Wine Trail. Mrs. Lundquist said she prefers fresh, local cheese and Croghan bologna.
While several vendors sold their metal craft work, jewelry, wood carvings, fishing lures, maple syrup, spice rubs and other products from throughout Jefferson County, a few were from neighboring counties or elsewhere throughout the state. Joes Jerky, out of Sherrill, and Montezuma Winery, out of Seneca Falls, were among the vendors that traveled long distances. Randy and Denise LaMay, owners of River Myst Winery, Ogdensburg, said the festival gave them a chance to draw out-of-towners to a peek of commerce in St. Lawrence County.
This is our opportunity to reach out-of-town customers who might not reach out to the north country, Mrs. LaMay said, as she pointed out the couples signature grapefruit wine. We are a part of the Thousand Islands Seaway Wine Trail, and a presence at events like this makes people aware of that.
Made in New York was also a chance to network, she said, and build relationships with other vendors.
Timothy J. and Robin G. Hannon, owners of Timmy Crack Corn Produce, Rodman, have showcased their jams, jellies, pies, cookies, fudge, syrup, jewelry and bows since the festival began.
It gets you out there, Mrs. Hannon said. People are very conscious now of supporting local. Local business is the heart of America, and it needs to be emphasized more.
Made in New York also featured free shuttle bus service from the Ramada Inn and Holiday Inn Express in Watertown, and a classic and vintage automobile cruise-in presented by Highway Legends Classic Auto Club.
Mr. Lawler said several dozen volunteers helped put the festival together. Last year, he said, the festival attracted about 8,000 people.