Maple Festival, more to kick off season


There's plenty to do in Cobleskill this Saturday.
Earth Day, the Schoharie County Maple Festival, the SUNY Cobleskill Fish and Wildlife Festival and SUNY's Ag Fair will be held through the day.
Earth Day and the Fish and Wildlife Festival will be mostly in Centre Park; the Maple Festival and Ag Fair will be at the Sunshine Fairgrounds.
--Earth Day is the annual downtown spring clean-up for Cobleskill.
Volunteers will rake and clean the park before heading out and sweeping sidewalks and picking up rubbish.
Volunteers should report to the gazebo on Centre Park at 9am.
Earth Day is sponsored by Cobleskill Partnership Inc., SUNY Cobleskill and the Village of Cobleskill.
Anyone with questions can call the Cobleskill Partnership at 296-8122.
--Sponsored by SUNY Cobleskill, local clubs and area businesses, the festival will have a variety of activities in Centre Park from 10am to 2pm.
The lineup includes a kids' fishing derby, live raptors, duck races, Bwana Jim's Wildlife Show, reptile exhibits, wildlife and outdoor exhibitors, bake sale, vendors and crafts and a fish fry.
--This year marks the 50th Schoharie County Maple Festival, with fun at the Fairgrounds beginning with a pancake breakfast at 8am.
Baked goods for the maple baking contest will be accepted at Progressland from 8:30 to 10:30.
The Iona Troupe Irish dancers will perform at 10:30, noon and 2:30, and another local artist, Matt Evans, will perform at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
The Maple Festival parade will line up on Legion Drive at 11am and will step out at noon, marching to the Fairgrounds.
At 1pm, the Theater Project of Schoharie County will perform Cirque De Silly in the Hall of Agriculture, and Studio North Dance Company will follow with a performance at 1:30.
The presentation and crowning of the 2015 Maple Queen will be at 2pm in Progressland.
Maple Festival sponsors are Cobleskill Stone Products, Kintz Plastics, Stewart's Shops and Sterling Insurance.
--Held in conjunction with the Maple Festival, the Ag Fair will run from 10am to 3pm at the Fairgrounds.
Hosting the Fair is the SUNY Cobleskill Agricultural Council, which includes all of the agricultural student organizations on the college campus.
Events at the Ag Fair include a livestock judging clinic, bake sale, games, a search-and-rescue exercise with Alex the bloodhound, tractor and GPS demonstrations, an opportunity to paint miniature horses, marigold planting, a chance to buy seed bombs and a display of dairy calves.
Eight different clubs or organizations from the college are coordinating the activities.