Fabulous Harvest Fest could draw 1,000s


By Patsy Nicosia

The first Sharon Springs Harvest Festival last September drew between 200 and 500 people.
The second, slated for September 18-19, could draw 10 times that, according to Megan Holken, who’s putting together the event.
That’s because the Harvest Festival is being promoted heavily through Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge’s Beekman 1802 website.
Known to Planet Green viewers as the Fabulous Beekman Boys through their reality TV show of the same name, the two hope the festival will showcase the importance of local food.
The Harvest Festival itself will feature local heirloom produce, artisans, music, food, and more along Main Street, Sharon Springs.
There will be a Harvest Dinner both Saturday and Sunday at The American Hotel (reservations only) and A Harvest Buffet at The Roseboro Saturday (reservations suggested).
Saturday’s tour of four farms: The Beekman Farm, Sharon Orchards, the Cooksons’ Bunker Hill, and Parsons’ vegetable farm is already sold out, but Mr. Kilmer-Purcell and Mr. Ridge plan to be downtown meeting fans and signing autographs.
Sharon Springs Central School has agreed to provide parking for the festival as long as it doesn’t conflict with building project work and events there; Ms. Holken said there will also be parking at Sunnycrest Orchards and other spots outside town with a bus shuttling people in as necessary.
Sharon businesses are also planning to take advantage of the event to welcome visitors—already rumored to include former talk show host Rosie O’Donnell—to the community.