Flaming Foliage Festival starts in Sullivan County
The Sullivan County Fairgrounds in Forksville kicked off its first fall celebration of the month Saturday with the two-day Flaming Foliage Fest.
Vendors sold a variety of goods in the fairgrounds' buildings, including fall-themed and Christmas decorations, winter accessories, paintings, blankets, dolls, stuffed animals and food items. The festival also hosted several demonstrations, including blacksmithing, muzzle loading and wool spinning.
The band Mutts Road performed Saturday, and several clubs held fundraisers, including the Sullivan County 4-H Club, which sold books and movies. Club members said the book sale is a successful and popular fundraiser.
Jan Behrend of TJB Designs showed passersby - many of them children - a lapidary demonstration in which she polished stones. Behrend, who makes jewelry out of the stones, had several pieces available for sale.
Amber Pedro, who helps her husband Shane at Free Grazer Farms, walked attendees through a taste test of the farm's six different honey flavors. The flavors are developed by taking the bees to different locations. They travel to Florida in the winter to make orange blossom honey and Maine in the spring for blueberry honey, Amber Pedro said. The farm also produces buckwheat, wildflower and goldenrod honey as well as lip balm.
Because of the traveling, the different varieties of honey can taste different from year to year, depending on the environmental factors to which the bees are exposed.
"A lot of people don't take the time to get different nectar sources," said Shane Pedro.
The Pedros, who reside in Proctor but are originally from Dushore and make frequent trips to the area, said the festival was busy all day Saturday.
The Flaming Foliage Fest continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Although many of the leaves have already fallen from the fairgrounds' trees, the fall festivities continue next weekend with the Sullivan County Fall Festival, held Oct. 13 and 14.
Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.