Charcuterie boards made from Adirondack wood, fragrant soaps produced in Castleton from the milk of a unique breed of goats, and whimsical candles created by a candle maker in Schroon Lake are some of the items that buyers found at 2n/a Annual craft and vendor fair Fall Fest. The fair was held Saturday, October 29 at The Barn at French Mountain, the former Wild West Ranch, which now serves as a wedding and event venue.
The vendors spread out beyond the barn, onto a lawn and into the living room – 85 vendors in all. The event also included food trucks for those looking for lunch. Gran-Debra Farms of Castleton brought in several goats. Their herd of LaMancha goats, a unique breed distinguished by a lack of external ears, provides the milk for the farm’s handmade soaps.
The fair also gave space to community organizations. The Argyle EMS held a basket raffle and the Harford Class of 2024 also sold raffle tickets. The Warren County Sheriff’s Department was on hand to check child car seats and hand out child ID kits. Every vendor had a bowl of candy at their stand, and children dressed in Halloween costumes were rigged or treated all over the park.
Last year’s inaugural fair, according to organizer Jennifer Livingston, was tempered by cold, rainy weather. About 250 buyers were present. This year the skies were sunny and a steady stream of vehicles pulled into the parking lot throughout the morning. An hour after opening, last year’s attendance record seems to have been broken.
“All vendors are local to New York and Vermont,” says Livingston. “It’s a way to support the locals. She also noted that the end of October was the perfect time to do the first Christmas shopping.