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Harvest festival planned as school fundraiser; music, food, pumpkins and more

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CANTON — Pumpkin launching, pony rides, a haunted house, live music and more will be featured at the North Country Harvest Festival, a first-time event hosted by the Little River Community School.

The weekend festival is a fundraiser for the school and is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 and from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 14.

Activities will be at Honeydew Acres LLC Equestrian Center, a 200-acre, 70-horse facility at 169 Post Road owned by Mark and Peggy Cambridge.

Events are planned for outdoors, but if the weather is poor they will be moved to the center’s large indoor riding arenas.

“It’s really for all ages. We’re hoping to see families and some college students,” said Emily Cambridge Carrier, a Little River teacher who is organizing the festival.

Two student bands from St. Lawrence University are among the musical groups scheduled to play. Folksinger Barbara Heller is on tap for 1 p.m. Oct. 14.

Children ages 12 and under are free, while admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students.

Visitors will also have the chance to play bossy bingo, a game that involves a cow and a bingo board that’s drawn on the ground.

“If the cow plops on your number you get a prize,” Ms. Cambridge Carrier said.

A petting zoo will feature ducks, rabbits, goats, sheep and chickens. Pumpkins will be for sale. Face painting, cake walk, wagon rides, games and prizes, make-and-take crafts, scarecrow making and a bouncy house are also planned. An assortment of 10 booths will be set up housing games, vendors and informational tables about sustainable living and other topics.

Ice cream, popcorn, farmers market items, maple cotton candy, chocolate bars and beverages will be for sale. Rosie’s HogDogs will have a vending booth.

The event is a fundraiser for Little River Community School, 1227 County Route 25, which is trying to raise money to build a $90,000 addition, said Director Steven A. Molnar.

“Our building is full,” Mr. Molnar said. “We’d like a better space for the kids we’ve got and maybe to build another classroom.”

Little River, an alternative school, has 35 students ranging in age from 5 to 18. The three-room schoolhouse is adjacent to Birdsfoot Farms where Mr. Molnar and his family reside.

As an art project, the school’s high school students are creating the haunted house that will set up at the festival.

“The haunted house is going to be epically creepy,” said Ana Williams-Bergen, a 10-year-old Little River student.

Crafts, including handmade Amish items, will also be for sale from vendors and informational tables will be set up.

For more information link to the festival’s Facebook page at North Country Harvest Festival or contact the school at: 379-9474.

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