CARTHAGE The Carthage Farmers Market is gearing up to celebrate its annual Autumn Glory festival Friday, Sept. 27.
According to the markets co-manager, Ronald R. Roch, the festival began in 2002 when the market was located in the parking lot by Turning Point Park.
The organizers invite area organizations, businesses and nonprofits to attend the event to promote themselves. This year both the West Carthage Fire Department and the Carthage Wilna Fire District will have demonstrations and displays as will the state police. Representatives from the offices of state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, and Assemblyman Kenneth D. Blankenbush, R-Black River, will be on hand. Former Deferiet resident Thomas Ventiquattro will perform some of his original songs and other popular tunes in the pavilion. The Carthage Central School band ensemble will play from 11:30 a.m. to noon. A group from Amy Earle School of Dance will perform. Charlotte Everett will provide face painting.
Our Autumn Glory Day at the Carthage Farmers Market celebrates the changing of the seasons, said Terry Ellis, market co-manager and Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce president. We also encourage our market vendors to offer Autumn Glory Specials to our customers as a thank-you for doing business at our local market. We always look forward to this day it is uplifting for everyone who attends.
An addition to the festivities this year will be a cruise-in. Throughout the summer, the American Legion Post 789 has hosted a classic car show at Turning Point Park.
With that ended, the parking lot next to the farmers market pavilion will be the venue for a cruise following the market from 4 to 7 p.m. All models of cars, trucks or tractors are welcome to be displayed by their owners. Mary Mono and LaMonts food service will have refreshments available for purchase during the cruise-in.
Mr. Roch also reminds attendees to bring winter coats and boots to donate for the state Retired Teachers Association collection. The coat drive will take place at the market until Oct. 18 and distribution will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Lowville Fire Department, 5420 Parkway Drive, Lowville, for all residents of Jefferson and Lewis counties.
The Carthage Farmers Market is held Fridays through Oct. 25 at the pavilion on Riverside Drive from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Village law prohibits dogs within 25 feet of the farmers market pavilion.
Johnson Newspapers reporter Amanda Taylor contributed to this article.