SACKETS HARBOR — Hundreds of people will flock to Madison Barracks to enjoy live music from 10 bands and shop for locally grown food from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the fourth annual Made in New York Festival.
Festival tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children under the age of 18 are admitted free. Advance ticket sales are available at Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, Watertown, Hannaford Supermarket, Watertown, and Kinney Drugs and Nice N Easy stores throughout Jefferson County.
The festival, which will feature nearly 100 agricultural and home-based businesses from across the state, is the main fundraising event for Meals on Wheels of Greater Watertown. Products for sale will range from vegetables, beef from grass-fed cattle, baked items, jams, jellies, seasonings, sauces and crafts. Local wineries and breweries will offer samples of locally produced beverages.
Bands will play live music from two large stages throughout the festival. Several reunion shows have been planned by north country bands, showcasing the New York Flyers and hit band Kiss from the 1970s. Bands from across the state will include Dragonfly and Waydown Wailers of St. Lawrence County, FFOG and the Robin Davis Project of Watertown, Cousin Jake, Stone Soul Foundation and Under the Gun of Syracuse, Joseph and Albert Bouchard of Clayton and Dennis Dunaway, now touring as Blue Coupe.
Members of the Kiss band include Donald Paddock, Thomas Sawyer, Eddie Barrilla and Robert Kissel, said Michael W. Campbell, event organizer and Madison Barracks property manager.
“All of them will be on our stage for the first time in 35 years,” Mr. Campbell said. “The band and members have always supported this festival since the very beginning. And this is the best year — two stages, 10 bands and nonstop music.”
At every hour throughout the event, Clarence Henry Coach of Watertown will run a free shuttle bus service from the festival grounds to and from the Ramada Inn and Holiday Inn Express off Arsenal Street in Watertown.
The Made in New York festival, sponsored this year by Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery and Hannaford Supermarkets, has donated more than $17,000 to Meals on Wheels since it was launched in 2011.
“We came up with this idea to be able to promote local business and a local cause —to help people that Meals on Wheels feeds,” Mr. Campbell said. “We’re not beating cancer — we’re just giving food to people down the street.”