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Warren County's Rural Heritage Festival revives the past

At the Rural Heritage Festival & Youth Fair held Aug. 10 in Warrensburg, local youngsters Anna, Caleb, and Luke Iannone of Warrensburg watch Tom Davis demonstrate a vintage belt-driven wood splitter.

At the Rural Heritage Festival & Youth Fair held Aug. 10 in Warrensburg, local youngsters Anna, Caleb, and Luke Iannone of Warrensburg watch Tom Davis demonstrate a vintage belt-driven wood splitter.

— Perfect weather greeted the large number of people who came to enjoy the second annual Rural Heritage Festival and Youth Fair, sponsored by the Warren County Historical Society and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Many organizations and vendors were on hand to portray old time work and play and convey a flavor of what life was like in bygone days in rural Warren County.

Old timers could remember from their youth much of what was on display, but youngsters present got their first glimpse, likely developing an awareness and appreciation of local history and learning about their heritage.

Spinning, weaving, knitting, and quilts were on display, as well as the processing of raw flax to make linen.

Spectators watched a blacksmith at work over his forge, saw old mechanically powered farm and forestry machinery in operation, selected a hand-carved walking stick, or stocked up on the sweet sugar products of local maple trees.

A pair of big Belgian draught mules made numerous trips around the field pulling wagon loads of people. Attendees of all ages were fascinated by a model of a stream corridor that illustrated flooding, erosion, and engineering concepts abating these problems.

Some children tried their hand at a game of horseshoes, if they were strong enough to toss them that far.

The Warrensburgh Historical Society conducted an exhibition game of croquet with several former winners of the famous Sticky Wicket games participating. The Society also hosted the second annual Supervisors Challenge game, featuring members of the county Board of Supervisors.

There were displays about gardening and producing food for community consumption — one of the most popular of the latter being the chicken Barbecue cooked up by Haskell Brothers VFW. Traditional country music was provided by Hoddy Ovitt and the Warren County Ramblers.

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