SACKETS HARBOR — Products from around the state got their time to shine in the village Saturday during the Made in New York festival.
In its fourth year, about 90 vendors came to Madison Barracks, ranging from Forestville, near Buffalo, to Rosendale, near Poughkeepsie, all the way north to Massena.
“It’s growing,” said Michael W. Campbell, event organizer and Madison Barracks property manager. “It’s getting bigger and bigger.”
Susan R. Johnson, who makes Susi’s Hot Sauce in LeRoy, near Rochester, appeared at the festival for the first time.
She said she had a steady crowd through the afternoon, trying sauces and dips of varying heat levels. The festival’s name, emphasizing the in-state nature of the product, “helps a lot,” she said.
Over at the tent of Old Saratoga Spice Rubs, Cropseyville, Paul E.R. Greenberg said the festival was one of his favorite to attend in the Northeast. Saturday was the third time he had made the trip for the event.
“It’s small, it’s local, people talk to you,” he said.
Regional pride, he said, was a big draw.
“New Yorkers are very proud of their local product,” Mr. Greenberg said. “It’s a door opening.”
Jeffrey Jenness, of the Orebed Sugar Shack, DeKalb Junction, said the event was a time to catch up with friends he hadn’t seen during the busy maple season. In addition to syrup, he sold several types of soaps and lotions.
Paula Cereghino, of Cereghino Smith winery, Rosendale, has come to the event for all four years.
“We just love the country,” she said.
Other vendors sold things such as jewelry, jams, furniture, birdhouses and for the first time, beer.
Other new things for the event, Mr. Campbell said, was a set of inflatable rides for children to play in.
Throughout the day, music acts played on twin stages, creating a constant flow of music. Among the performers Saturday were Blue Coupe, New York Flyers, the Robin Davis Project, Under the Gun, Kiss, Cousin Jake, Stone Soul Foundation, Waydown Wailers, FFOG and Dragonfly.
Among the beneficiaries of the event is Meals on Wheels, which provides meals to homes across the region. Donna L. White, local program director, estimated the local group has received more than $15,000 from the festival over the past three years.
“That’s huge for us,” she said. “You have no idea what that money means for our agency.”