At Niskayuna festival, it's all about the carrots – New York News

A weekend full of festivals in Schenectady County was capped off with one focused on a very particular kind of food: carrots.


“I think this has been a great festival weekend. You had an Italian Fest, the Greek Fest, an Art Festival, and today you’ve got the Carrot Festival,” said Roberta Steiner, one of the volunteers at Sunday’s event. “People aren’t festival-ed out.”

Thousands of people made their way to Congregation Agudat Achim on Union Street in Niskayuna for the 39th annual Carrot Festival, a celebration of community with an emphasis on the orange vegetable. There was music, crafts, a raffle, a bouncy house for kids and, of course, carrots.

The event began 39 years ago as a way to raise enough money to repave the synagogue’s parking lot. In the nearly four decades since, it’s grown into an annual end-of-summer tradition that draws thousands of people to the grounds of Congregation Agudat Achim.

Organizers said Sunday’s turnout was as strong as ever, aided by great weather and a family-friendly atmosphere.

“It’s unbelievable how crowded it is,” one attendee said, noting that he saw some visitors parking across the street or in nearby neighborhoods.

The lot behind the church and behind the neighboring building were filled by about noon. A half-dozen cars at a time lined up on Troy-Schenectady Road waiting to turn onto the synagogue’s property, while other vehicles sat in the lots, waiting for a spot to open up.

Aside from food, there were informational booths for Ellis Medicine, the American Cancer Society and the Animal Protective Foundation, which was hosting an…

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