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Bolton's Harvest Fest to feature bed & canoe races

Two teams of Bolton residents collide during a bed race held in 2012 in conjunction with the town's annual Fall Festival, which returns Saturday. The festival is primarily at Bolton Conservation Park. The local legacy of bed races goes back to the early 1980s when Bolton's annual bed race and accompanying festivities drew an audience from all over central New York.

Two teams of Bolton residents collide during a bed race held in 2012 in conjunction with the town's annual Fall Festival, which returns Saturday. The festival is primarily at Bolton Conservation Park. The local legacy of bed races goes back to the early 1980s when Bolton's annual bed race and accompanying festivities drew an audience from all over central New York.

— A community festival with 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 activities, storytelling.

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 partying and socializing.

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.

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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