The city of Little Falls will once again embrace all things garlic as it prepares to host the 11th annual Mohawk Valley Garlic and Herb Festival.
What began as a small gathering of local farmers at the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts in 2001 has become a staple in the community, drawing thousands of people from across the Mohawk Valley and beyond. The festival provides an opportunity for farmers and vendors to educate people on the benefits of growing garlic and herbs, and gives attendees an opportunity to make new connections.
This Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., people will be able to visit Canal Place and Sterziner Park for food, music and fun, all while celebrating the popular herb. In addition to a variety of garlic, seasonal flowers and produce, handcrafted artisan items and a variety of other herbs will be on display.
“The festival is always a huge deal for the city of Little Falls and draws thousands of people annually,” Mayor Robert Peters said during Tuesday evening’s Common Council meeting. “It’s family friendly, it’s fun. It’s a good day and I hope everyone comes out and enjoys the festival.”
In addition to the garlic and herb growers’ market, events will include a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m., a performance by The Rusty Doves from 10 a.m. to noon, the Garlic Queen Pageant at 11 a.m., a Moss Island tour led by John Stehnach at 1 p.m. and a performance by Common Thread from 2 to 5 p.m.
The cost to attend will be $3 per person or $10 per family.
“Every dollar raised stays in the community,” said Peters. “So not only are visitors guaranteed a good time, but they are also guaranteed the opportunity to benefit the community.”
One third of admissions donations will support the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts. The remainder of the donations will be used to support the continuation of the festival.
With construction on the replacement of the South Ann Street bridge under way in Canal Place, Peters said free shuttle parking will be available to Garlic and Herb Festival visitors.
“Redco Foods has graciously offered the use of their parking lot, so visitors will be able to park there and receive a free shuttle bus ride to Canal Place and Sterziner Park,” he said. “Personally, I think it’s great to see the community come together to support what has become a popular festival.”
First Ward Alderman and Little Falls Historical Society member Jeffrey Gressler encouraged festival goers and history buffs to make not only a day of it in the city of Little Falls, but a night of it as well.
Gressler invited everyone to a free presentation by professor Robert Albrecht on the Textile Strike of 1912 to begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the former Masonic Temple on Prospect Street.
Page 2 of 2 - “Professor Albrecht gave a presentation on the strike in July at the Black Box Theater to a sold out crowd, people had to be turned away, and we hope to see a similar response to this presentation,” he said, adding a free tour of the Masonic Temple will be provided to attendees after the program.