The Bolton Bulletin

Bolton Fall Festival this weekend!

Bolton’s new community festival which includes residents contributing homegrown vegetables to a communal soup — as well as zany bed races and family-oriented activities — is scheduled for this weekend.

The annual Harvest Festival sponsored by the town of Bolton is set for Saturday Oct. 5 from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Bolton Community Center at Conservation Club Park off Edgecomb Pond Road. Once again, bed and canoe races will be featured, along with an apple dessert contest, apple cider press demonstrations, square dancing, children’s games, storytelling, and a performance by the Stony Creek Band.

The bed races revive a beloved tradition in Bolton from decades ago. For years in the early 1980s, several thousand people were annually drawn to Bolton Landing to watch a dozen or more teams push beds down Lake Shore Drive in a zany festival that included wild partying.

The 2013 Harvest Festival is more oriented toward local residents. It features a community meal with attendees bringing pot-luck dishes to share and the younger set making s’mores.

Participants are encouraged to bring along local produce to contribute to the “stone soup” to be concocted and served. Area residents are also encouraged to bring their own canoe or kayak and paddle around the scenic pond.

The festival starts at 2 p.m. with games for children, and the apple press demonstrations. At 3 p.m. canoe races commence, followed by the bed races at 4 p.m..

Prizes will be awarded for the best homemade apple dessert, and entries must be in before 4 p.m.

Bring a dish to share for the 5 p.m. dinner and some local produce to add to the stone soup. Square dancing begins at 5:30 p.m., and the Stony Creek Band begins their performance at 8:30 p.m.

For details, contact Susan Wilson at 644-3056 or: susanwilson.bolton@gmail.com. The event is sponsored by the Bolton Conservation Park Committee and the Town of Bolton Recreation Commission.

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