The leaves are starting to turn and before we know it the chillier weather will be here.
Before it gets too cold, and there becomes less to do in the area, we recommend getting out and about. There are a lot of community events planned this weekend, so get out and enjoy at least one of them.
This weekend, The Farmers’ Museum will host its 33rd annual Harvest Festival. The event will feature autumnal activities, eats and exhibits. Activities will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the museum.
Throughout the weekend, visitors can take part in horsedrawn wagon rides, family-friendly crafts and hands-on demonstrations of antique tools from the museum’s collection.
A variety of artisans and vendors will offer candles, Shaker boxes, early American tinware, baskets, chairs and seasonal
food. Children’s agricultural activities will include building a haystack, corn shelling and grinding, apple cider pressing demonstrations, rope making; apple bobbing and 19thcentury games in the schoolhouse.
Old-fashioned pie-eating contests will begin at 2 p.m. both days. “Clemens Tradition,” an old-time fiddle and classic country music group, will perform in the Cornwallville Church, located in the center of the museum’s historic village, each day at 11 a.m. and 2 and 4 p.m.
The 15th annual Cooperstown Rotary Club AppleFest will be held at the Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard this weekend. Festivities will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $2 and children under 12 are free.
The event will feature than a dozen tractors on display. There will also be a complete line-up of live musical entertainment
on both Saturday and Sunday and bouncy houses and a kids games corner will be available for youngsters. New this year, is an apple baking contest to be held from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Also new this year, is a literacy drive to be held under the storytelling tent at Applefest. All children attending will receive a free book.
Returning events on include pumpkin painting and “Build your Own Scarecrows.” A scarecrow contest has been added to the schedule on Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m.Awards and ribbons will be given.
The Clark Sports Center is opening its doors Saturday for a Community Recreation Day. The event will feature the opening of a new indoor high rock climbing wall. The day will start at 8 a.m., with all admission and activities free of charge, and end at 6 p.m.
Another featured event will be the family fun run, which will kickoff at 10 a.m. The race will take place on the Sports Center grounds, with the first 200 entrants receiving a commemorative T-shirt.
Other events will include a health and fitness fair, healthy cooking demos, an indoor obstacle course, an outdoor ropes course, free bowling with shoe rentals in the downstairs alley and free group fitness classes.