By SAMANTHA MCDONNELL
OBSERVER Staff Writer
While students and their families may be moving in to SUNY Fredonia this weekend, campus is not the only place that will be busy in the village of Fredonia. The annual Fredonia Farm Festival opened Friday and will continue throughout the weekend.
OBSERVER Photos by Samantha McDonnell
Above: Barker Common is full of various craft and food vendors for the annual Farm Festival. Right: Reece, age 6, of Brocton poses with Darlene Alessi of the Sewing Roost. Alessi has a booth in Barker Common during the Fredonia Farm Festival.
Hundreds packed Barker Common Friday for the kick-off to the weekend-long event. Farm Festival Treasurer Kim Robbins said the crowd was "wonderful" for the first day.
"It's been absolutely gorgeous," she said. "The sky couldn't be any bluer for me right now."
Various craft and food vendors have set up in Barker Common in both parks. Food vendors, including a new one for 2013, have set up on Day Street in front of Village Hall. Robbins said one of the new food vendors includes different varieties of coated nuts. On Day Street just across Temple Street, farmers have set up selling various produce.
"The farmers have a great variety of produce," Robbins said.
One of the vendors is Darlene Alessi of Fredonia, owner of Sewing Roost. She had various items including children's capes. She will be at the festival throughout the weekend. She was grateful for the warm weather.
"It's a beautiful weekend for it," she said.
Rebecca White and Judy Reynolds, both from Fredonia, were sitting at a booth representing the League of Women Voters. Reynolds thought the overall festival had grown since last year.
"It seems bigger to me this year," she said.
While many college students are moving in, the festival may attract more visitors to the area this weekend. White said many years ago the festival was moved to a different weekend and missed the college students returning. She said the fourth weekend in August is a great time to hold the event.
"It's a good time to have it when students are moving in," White said.
Friday evening ended with Beatle Mania Now performing on the Main Stage on Day Street. The nationally recognized band has been performing at Trump Tower and was supposed to have a performance in Rochester Saturday but was canceled. Robbins was hoping visitors from Rochester would travel down to see the Friday night performance. This will be the first time for the group to perform at the farm festival.
"They're playing Trump Tower, so they're big right now," Robbins said. "We're hoping for a good crowd."
The farm festival will continue today and Sunday. Terry Buchwald as Elvis will take the main stage tonight at 7 p.m. and a parade will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday. For a complete list of events, visit Fredonia Farm Festival on Facebook.
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