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Opening day for Ontario County Fair

Opening day for Ontario County Fair
Amanda Coryn grew up showing horses in the 4-H Club. Now that the Canandaigua resident has young children of her own, she is encouraging them to participate in 4-H. Going to the Ontario County Fair is one way to get them hooked on what 4-H and agriculture have to offer. “At 4-H, I made lifelong friends and it taught me a... more

Calm GrassRoots Festival for law enforcement

Calm GrassRoots Festival for law enforcement
While there was much music, partying and fun to be had during a hot Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance, the festival was quite calm from the law enforcement perspective. As of Saturday, the Trumansburg Police Department covered 50 cases, none of which were criminal, said Trumansburg Police Chief Joe Nelson. These cases were for the whole village, not just... more

Emerson Park BBQ fest adds demos, psychic fair and more

Emerson Park BBQ fest adds demos, psychic fair and more
Ed Helinski knows that barbecue isn’t for everybody. But he believes the Rotary Ribs Rhythm & Blues Festival can be. That’s why the Auburn Rotary Club’s third annual festival, taking place this weekend on Deauville Island at Emerson Park, will introduce several additions. Among them will be a Psychic Fair featuring mediums from throughout the Northeast. Helinski, the festival’s chair,... more

Canandaigua Art and Music Festival kicks off Friday

Canandaigua Art and Music Festival kicks off Friday
This weekend will be one for the arts, from tie-dye to henna to jewelry to murals to glass to painting to wood-working to music and more. In two words, according to Denise Chaapel, manager of the Downtown Canandaigua Business Improvement District: “Awesome stuff.” The 31st annual Canandaigua Art and Music Festival kicks off Friday and continues Saturday and Sunday, and... more

Payne Fund names Ontario County Fair apprentices

Payne Fund names Ontario County Fair apprentices
The newly established George A. Payne Fund and Apprenticeship Program awarded two youth the opportunity to work with George Payne at the 2019 Ontario County Fair. Coby Reals, of Clifton Springs, will work as an apprentice and Avah Gladle, of Stanley, will work as an assistant. The program honors the lifework of Payne, who has served the fair since the... more

Hemp production part of Empire Farms Days presentations

Hemp production part of Empire Farms Days presentations
New this year, industrial grade hemp production will be discussed at Empire Farms Days Aug. 6-8 at the Rodman Lott & Son Farm on Route 414. The hemp program will include an Albany update by state Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, chain of the Assembly agriculture committee. She introduced the 2014 bill that allowed hemp to be grown in New York for... more

Ribs, Rhythm and Blues coming to Auburn’s Emerson Park

Ribs, Rhythm and Blues coming to Auburn’s Emerson Park
Lots of food, including ‘cheap eats’ from ALL the vendors, are one highlight of next weekend’s Ribs, Rhythm & Blues Festival. Auburn’s Rotary puts on the annual event, which club member Heather Edmunds tells us also includes 35 professional cook teams looking for the NY State Championship ($5,000 in prize money is on the line. Some of the team will... more

Town of Vernon ready to hear appeal for Woodstock 50 permit on Tuesday

Town of Vernon ready to hear appeal for Woodstock 50 permit on Tuesday
The town of Vernon is poised to hear an appeal from Woodstock 50 organizers to hold the festival at Vernon Downs. Town of Vernon attorney Vincent Rossi says the planning board is set to hear an appeal Tuesday night. The town denied a permit application on Tuesday for a festival Aug. 16-18 at the Vernon Downs racetrack and casino. Residents... more

‘Heart and passion’ at Hill Cumorah Festival

‘Heart and passion’ at Hill Cumorah Festival
When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced last year that it would end its flagship pageant — the Hill Cumorah Pageant, held at the site where the Mormon faith has its roots — in 2020, pageant organizers received a flood of applications from people hoping to participate in the pageant as well as those hoping to come... more

Town of Vernon tells Woodstock ‘No’ again for concert at Vernon Downs

Town of Vernon tells Woodstock ‘No’ again for concert at Vernon Downs
Woodstock 50 got another resounding “no" from the town of Vernon today in the festival’s increasingly desperate bid to hold a concert at Vernon Downs in mid-August. After Woodstock 50′s first application for the concert was rejected Tuesday as incomplete and too late, the group filed another application today that the town said was also incomplete and even later. “Time... more

Denied a local permit, Woodstock 50 promoters forge on

Town of Vernon denies application to hold Woodstock 50 at Vernon Downs
Woodstock 50 promoters say they’re appealing after being denied a local permit to stage the festival at an upstate New York horse track. The town of Vernon ruled Tuesday that the application to stage the festival at the Vernon Downs track and casino was too late and incomplete. Vernon Downs emerged as a possible site for the Aug. 16-18 anniversary festival after... more

International Building at the New York State Fair to be renamed ‘The Eatery’

International Building at the New York State Fair to be renamed ‘The Eatery’
So long, “International Building,” The New York State Fairwill now call the building known for its endless food options, “The Eatery.” According to a news release sent Wednesday, the Fair says the decision to rename the International Building came after discussions with the building’s vendors. “We meet with our vendor groups every year, and the International Building group suggested giving the... more

Advance tickets for New York State Fair go on sale

Advance tickets for New York State Fair go on sale
The Great New York State Fair is offering admission tickets at a discount before the fair begins. Starting Monday, July 8 at 6 a.m. The fair’s website will start selling advance tickets for the fair for just $6. To purchase the advance tickets online, you can click right here. The website is also currently offering Ride-all-day wristbands for unlimited rides... more

FLX holiday weekend fireworks schedule

FLX holiday weekend fireworks schedule
School is out, summer is in full swing and most Finger Lakes residents have a four-day holiday weekend on-tap to celebrate the Fourth of July. There will be fireworks in the skies above the region for the next several days. Below is a guide to where, and when, to find them. WEDNESDAY Auburn/Owasco - Emerson Park 8 p.m. concert with... more

Seneca Falls Canal Fest brings music, midway and more to town

Seneca Falls Canal Fest brings music, midway and more to village
Following the Fourth of July, the fourth annual Seneca Falls Canal Fest will deluge the village from Friday, July 5, through Sunday, July 7. The festival features amusement rides and a midway from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday on the south side. Other highlights include a petting zoo every... more

Juneberry Festival pushed back one week

Juneberry Festival pushed back one week
The Juneberry Festival scheduled for Thursday in this Seneca County hamlet has been postponed one week due to weather concerns. The festival will now take place from 5-7 p.m. June 27th. For further information, contact Seneca County CCE’s Agricultural Economic Development Specialist Judy Wright at (315) 539-9251 ext. 109 or jlw24@cornell.edu. Finger Lakes Times: Read More more

Woodstock 50 could be relocating to Vernon Downs

Woodstock 50 could be relocating to Vernon Downs
Woodstock 50 could be relocating to the Vernon Downs Casino Hotel, according to a report from WKTV. The casino is one of five or six venues under consideration for the festival’s relocation, confirmed by Vernon Town Supervisor Randy Watson and Vernon Downs officials. The festival, still scheduled for August 16 through August 18, is only two months away. The location... more
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