Bags of produce from The Carrot Barn are ready for purchase at the Rose and Paul Westheimer Produce Tent at the 2020 Carrot Festival. Similar bags of produce may be purchased this year.

SCHENECTADY– Congregation Agudat Achim announces the 43rd annual Carrot Festival will be held on Sunday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., rain or shine. The synagogue is located at 2117 Union St., Niskayuna and the event is open to the entire community. The day of family offerings will include children’s activities, vendors and crafters, farm-fresh produce, a community service area, and food.

Representatives from various organizations will provide programs for kids. Highlights will include activities from miSci and of “friends” to pet from Reptile Adventure.  The “touch-a-truck” area, which started in 2018, gives children and adults the opportunity to see, touch and explore various types of vehicles. An ambulance, a bus, a fire truck, the News 10 ABC Storm Tracker, and an airplane will featured.

The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department will be available to provide safe child ID cards.

Vendors and crafters will sell various items including candles, kitchen supplies, pet supplies and jewelry.  In addition, Carrot Festival farm-fresh produce (both loose and packed in bags) and mums from The Carrot Barn will be sold at the Rose and Paul Westheimer produce tent.

A community service area will highlight a several community-based agencies serving area residents.

A partnership with CDTA will give festival-goers an opportunity to “Stuff the Bus” with supplies for five community organizations. The Animal Protective Foundation, SiCM, YWCA Women’s Shelter, The RED Bookshelf, and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs are this year’s beneficiaries, and needs of each may be found on the Carrot Festival website.

The stars of the Carrot Festival, according to organizers, are always the carrot cakes and the food sold. This year to help keep the atmosphere safe and comfortable for everyone, all food is prepared “to go.”  Attendees will be welcome to bring their food home, or enjoy it on the grounds.

Organizers are encouraging masks to be worn while outdoors, and requiring masks to be worn while indoors. In addition, a drive-thru will be available for those who are not comfortable being in large crowds. The drive thru will give people opportunities to purchase cake and produce bags, and also to drop off their “Stuff the CDTA Bus” donations although these activities will also be available  on the grounds.

Activities throughout the grounds will be spread out, keeping the atmosphere as safe as possible for all who attend.

There will be no live entertainment; instead, local radio station B95.5 will provide music.

This year’s Carrot Festival  is dedicated to the memory of Rose Westheimer, one of its founders.

The synagogue office at 518-393-9211 can provide details.