Farm Festival delivers the goods

OBSERVER Photo by J.M. Lesinski Pictured, the close of the 51st annual Fredonia Farm Festival parade at downtown Fredonia’s Barker Common on Sunday, near the Antique Car Show on Church and Park Street.

FREDONIA — The 51st annual Fredonia Farm Festival took place over the weekend, where vendors and a “Lil’ Farmer’s Tent” graced the streets of downtown Fredonia with all the wonders of the farmland. Events began Thursday at dusk with a free movie in the park, where “Ralph Breaks the Internet” played on the big screen.

Friday, the music began with Silver Xtreme and Terry Buchwald on the main stage, while a children’s tractor pull took place on Church Street and a horse race took place on Center Street in between the sets.

“I usually come out the whole weekend from Jamestown,” said attendee Lynette Christenson on Sunday. “It’s worth the drive to see what’s going on all three days.”

The list of performers grew Saturday, as Doug Osborne-Coy kicked things off at 10 a.m. on the main stage, along with the Miracle Elixir Side Show at the gazebo. Josh Hogan followed on the main stage at 11:15 a.m., during the simultaneous Children’s Pet Show.

From there, the gazebo featured Miracle Elixir Side Show at 2 p.m. and a Family Sing Along with Kay Barlow at 3 p.m.

OBSERVER Photo by J.M. Lesinski Pictured, a police officer on duty at the Fredonia Farm Festival, near the intersection of East Main and Temple Street in downtown Fredonia.

The main stage acts brought an array of unique voices and talents to the stage during the later half of the day Saturday. The Patsy & Dottie Variety Show came on at 12:30 p.m., followed by Tim Bartlett at 2:45 p.m. Rick Napoli jammed out at 4 p.m., before MAC Band played a great set from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The closing act Saturday was John and Mary & the Valkyries, who graced the main stage from 8:30-10:30 p.m. with their variety of instruments. “We caught (John and Mary &) the Valkyries last night,” said Christenson as well. “Very unique sound, great harmony between the singers.”

The weekend wrapped up Sunday with an antique car show on Church and Park streets from 12-4 p.m. and the grand parade on Temple Street at 1 p.m. Everett Lee & Underground Stampede played on the main stage at 3 p.m., while a family sing along with Kay Barlow also took place at the Lil’ Farmers Tent.


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