Friday, September 16, 2016

Willing Fall Harvest Festival Taking It To New Heights

WILLING, NY (September 16, 2016) - The third annual Willing Fall Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, September 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the historic Town of Willing Grange located near the intersection of Route 19 and County Road 29, five minutes south of Wellsville, New York.  Admission and parking at the festival is free. 
This year the festival has brought on community sponsors to offer more free events for families including hot air balloon rides, hay rides and pumpkins to the first 400 children. 
“In year three we really wanted to do something over the top… and I am pretty confident that there are no other festivals offering as much free family fun as we are,” said Marshall Green, the festival organizer.  “Our goal was simple, create an old-fashioned community event where the purpose is to bring people together for free family fun.” 
In addition to the free hayrides sponsored by Yorks Corners Church, this year, First Citizens Community Bank is sponsoring free tethered hot air balloon rides for all kids three to 14 years old.  One adult will ride free with each group of kids and additional adults are only $5.  The balloon rides will begin later in the afternoon pending low wind speeds. 
Michael Cook State Farm Insurance and an anonymous donor have also come together to ensure the first 400 children at the festival will each get a free pumpkin from Bob’s Market to paint. 
“We are so very appreciative to live in a community where businesses and individuals will come together and make an event like this possible,” said Green.  “Thank you to First Citizens Community Bank, Michael Cook State Farm Insurance, Yorks Corners Church, and the anonymous donor for helping to make this event bigger and better!”  
Both Hot Diggity Dog and fresh wood fired pizzas from Alfred State Culinary will be back this year.   
The vendors row has grown to over 40 vendors and a gracious community member is allowing the festival to expand parking onto their land. 
The festival will also feature lots of other free events such as old fashion sack races and no-hands donut eating contests, carnival games for the kids, petting zoo curtesy of the Allegany SPCA, face painting, pumpkin painting and lots of great bluegrass music over the sound system.   
And do not forget the popular Apple Pie contest judged by Alfred State Culinary Chef, Brian Decker.  
The grange will once again be open for eating and socializing. 
This year also features the 3rd Annual Apple Pie Baking Contest sponsored by Giant Food Mart.  First, second, and third place winners will be receiving engraved prize medals.  
To sign up for the apple pie contest or for more information and a schedule of events, visit