Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts returns for 43rd year

REMSEN — The Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts is back.

The event was suspended due to the pandemic, but will return with nearly 230 vendors including artists, food stalls, a farmers market and other businesses, said Judy Helmer, president of the ‘event.

This will mark its 43rd year, and Helmer said one of the reasons for its longevity is its many good suppliers, with 46 new ones this year.

Thousands of people are expected on the weekend of September 24-25 to visit the city and enjoy art of all kinds – to browse and shop at the various kiosks; buy goods at the farmers market; to savor the flavors of some of the region’s favorite restaurants; enjoy the entertainment on several stages and throughout the area; find your way around the famous corn maze; and to honor the town’s Welsh heritage.

The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The festival, which is a juried show, will feature more than 100 artists selling a wide range of products, from paints and holiday decorations to soaps and oils.

There will be a quilt show until 5 p.m. both days at the Art Center, featuring 40 large quilts, as well as smaller pieces. A raffle will also be organized and the winner will be chosen on Sunday afternoon.

New this year will be sled dog demonstrations with champion musher, Christina Gates. These demonstrations will take place Saturday morning on the lawn of Remsen High School, and although rides are not available, the event promises to be a fun activity.

If browsing Main Street makes visitors hungry, there will be plenty of dining options, with more than 30 vendors offering full menus including vine gyros, hearty Italian fare and sweet desserts. Speaking of sweets, the Farmer’s Market will feature more than 20 stalls, with confectionary, maple, cheese and honey products, as well as a vineyard or two.

The Remsen Depot’s Corn Maze will celebrate its 20th anniversary when it opens during the festival, and this year’s design will feature a cluster of maple leaves.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the two days of the festival on the Soda Fountain stage and walking around the park, with music, magic and dancing.

And the baking contest is back on Saturday. The theme is “Fabulous Foreign Flair”, with cash prizes going to the winners in the youth and adult categories.

In honor of the town’s Welsh heritage, Gymanfa Ganu, a traditional community song, will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Stone Meeting House. When five families from Wales settled in the area in 1795, it marked the start of a significant Welsh presence here. The dragon that appears on the festival logo is another nod to this heritage.

Helmer also pointed out that dogs are not allowed on the streets.

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Admission to the festival is free, but there may be fees in some parking lots and for some activities.

A QR code will be available on site to allow visitors to locate vendors.

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