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Heritage festival, Youth Fair in Warren Co. today

Carol Gregson of the Serendipity Spinners demonstrates her spinning skills at the 2009 Warren County Youth Fair. She is to be among the many artisans featured at the Warren County Rural Heritage Festival & Youth Fair scheduled for Saturday Aug. 11 at the county fairgrounds off Schroon River Road in Warrensburg.

Carol Gregson of the Serendipity Spinners demonstrates her spinning skills at the 2009 Warren County Youth Fair. She is to be among the many artisans featured at the Warren County Rural Heritage Festival & Youth Fair scheduled for Saturday Aug. 11 at the county fairgrounds off Schroon River Road in Warrensburg. Photo provided

— Warren County will again have a full-fledged fair like it did in past decades, as the Warren County Rural Heritage Festival & Youth Fair is held Saturday Aug. 11 on the county fairgrounds off Schroon River Road.

The Heritage Festival and Youth Fair promises a day of family fun with displays and demonstrations of traditional skills, tools and crafts of bygone days, as well as the familiar annual county youth fair talent show, horse show and youth produce and craft competitions.

Due to a new partnership between the Warren County Historical Society and the 4-H program of Cornell Cooperative Extension, the day-long event will feature a square dance, horseshoe and croquet competitions, 19th century games and story telling, one of the event organizers said. The event is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The Heritage Festival and Fair will explore and celebrate our rural traditions of work and play from the beginnings of Warren County through the mid-20th century,” Martha Strodel of the Warren County Historical Society said. “It will be a day of learning, family entertainment and fun.”

Visitors to the festival can see spinners and weavers at work, join a quilting “bee” and see the skills of braiding, finger weaving and inkle loom weaving demonstrated.

Fairgoers can learn to tie flies and the skills of effective fly casting. Mike Rivette will demonstrate knife making and blacksmith skills; Willard Grande will exhibit and talk about his unique collection of 1th century Fort Edward Pottery. Joan Robertson is scheduled to demonstrate how she makes her intricate pine baskets, Strodel said.

The Rural Heritage Festival will also focus on the rising trend of small, agrarian businesses thriving in Warren County today that produce maple syrup, cheese, and other goods, as well as home and community gardens, and farmers’ markets, she said.

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