This weekend: Hudson Valley Harvest Festival

The Hudson Valley Harvest Festival is new this year but seems destined to become a perennial, with bushels of star quality, uh, cropping up among performers, vendors and sponsors alike. Combining a couple of centuries of expertise, some of Ulster County's heaviest hitters in the realms of growing, cooking and making music will join forces at the fairgrounds on Libertyville Road for two days of good times. You can cast your vote for Tomato of the Year, try your hand at the Sweet Corn Shuck Off, or slurp a pumpkin milkshake. It all benefits Family of Woodstock Inc. and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

The Festival takes place Saturday, September 22, from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, September 23, from 10am to 3pm at the Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 5-13 and free for the under-fives. For more info, check out our calendar listing or the Harvest Festival's website.