Annual Falling For Utica Festival features fall-themed food, fun

Photo courtesy of Katie Reilly

The second annual Falling For Utica Festival will be held this Sunday, Oct. 13, from 12 – 4 p.m. at Handshake.City Park, 26 Whitesboro St., Utica.

Posted: Oct 7, 2019 4:08 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – The second annual Falling For Utica Festival will be held this Sunday, Oct. 13, from 12 – 4 p.m. at Handshake.City Park, 26 Whitesboro St., Utica.

“All of our events this summer have been well attended and successful, but everyone has been talking and asking about the return of our fall festival,” said organizer Katie Reilly. “Life seems to slow down in the fall, so this is a great opportunity for anyone who hasn't made it out to Handshake.City this year to see what we have been up to.”


Photo courtesy of Katie Reilly

Photo courtesy of Katie Reilly

The festival will feature food, entertainment and activities. The following is a schedule of featured events:

1:30 p.m. – Cider donut eating contest

2:00 p.m. – Stein holding challenge

3:00 p.m. – Coffee sack relay races

There will also be magic and martial arts demonstrations, as well as live music by the local band Wild Wool.

Pumpkins will also be on display, as well as pumpkin carving demonstrations by local artists Marc-Anthony Polizzi and George Hendrickson. There will also be pumpkin painting and crafts available for kids.

A variety of food will be available along with local brews from Copper City Brewing Company of Rome.

The event is held by the Made In Utica group in conjunction with Empower Federal Credit Union. Sponsors also include New York Sash, Observer-Dispatch, The Wish Fairy, Stewart's Shops and Utica Coffee Roasting Company.

For more information about the festival, visit: www.handshake.city.

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