Northville celebrates fall season

John Olsson of Brooklyn prepares to buy baked goods and cider from Alicia Mutz and Nolan Sawyer of Northville-Edinburg Cub Pack 55 during the annual Northville Harvest Festival Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

NORTHVILLE — Although no one organization sponsored the annual Northville Harvest Festival Saturday, it continued because it’s a tradition.

Churches and businesses offered food and other benefits to festival-goers–so Main Street was a venue of opportunities to celebrate autumn.

“Everybody is doing their own thing this year,” said Mary Lou Bennett of Northville, who, with Jean Booth of Mayfield, was selling berry pies at Northville United Methodist Church.

Sacandaga Dog Supply’s part of the festival was sponsored by Fromm Pet Foods, including free Fromm samples.

People with pets, such as Heather Simpson of Northville and her several dogs, could get their photos taken in front of a tractor and hay bales by Melissa Spencer of Broadalbin and Jessica Brush of Pattersonville, representing Doggie Divine Styling of Amsterdam.

Heather Simpsons poses with her dogs Grady, Dozer and Phoebe where owners can be photographed with their pets during the annual Northville Harvest Festival Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

“I think to a lot of people, their pets are like their kids,” said Spencer.

A Basket Bonanza and silent auction of raffle baskets and chili and soups were available from Northville Presbyterian Church.

The chilis and soups were so varied they ran from Russian vegetarian soup to turkey or venison chili. “I love the chili part of it,” said Jim Colman. “I’m eager to taste it.”

The turnout for the soups and chilis was so good Peg Schutze of Benson said, “People are learning they have to come early before the food runs out.”

Fortunately, St. Francis of Assisi Church was also offering homemade soups and baked goods besides handcrafted wares. “The people who come are people who come every year,” Kitty Ingalls of Northville.

Andrea Barnhill of Benson picks up a couple cornstalks as her son, Donovan, makes faces during the annual Northville Harvest Festival Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

She said a festival used to be held on Columbus Day but that “sort of petered out.”

Near Red Barn, children had their faces painted by Michelle Allaod of Staten Island or received animal-shaped balloons made by Wolfgang von Berg of Broadalbin.

Adirondack Mousse Salon offered hot cider and coffee pink hair extensions for breast cancer awareness month.

Josh Kerr, a chainsaw-carving artist, demonstrated his craft at the Adirondack Country Store.

Instead of the Girl Scouts, Northville-Edinburg Pack 55 was selling baked goods and cider, represented by Alicia Mutz and Cub Scout Nolan Sawyer, both of Northville.

In any case, a drizzly day didn’t stop festival participation.