This Weekend: Catskill Forest Festival

The fourth annual Catskill Forest Festival will celebrate the region’s forests this weekend by inviting people to participate in fun that promises to also be educational.

The festival, held in Margaretville Village Park on Saturday, July 26, will provide an array of family fun including music, games, horse rides and a food, beverage and vendor tent. 

In the spirit of the festival, vendors will be selling an assortment of crafts made from wood and other forest materials including hand-crafted furniture, boats, wood and pellet stoves and furnaces. Present will also be vendors selling maple products. 

The festival will be host to educational presentations by experts on subjects pertaining to the importance of New York forests such as bringing back near extinct trees and woody biomass opportunities for heating communities. There will also be talks about the history of the eastern golden eagle and forestry for wildlife.

A logging competition will take place, where professionals and non-professionals will be competing on a variety of skills, including sawing with precision and calculating exactly where a tree will fall.  

The Catskill Forest Festival will be held on Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at   Margaretville Park, Bridge Street, Margaretville. For more information about the festival can be found at the Catskill Forest Association website.