Congregation Agudat Achim

Carrot Festival

 

The 46th Annual Carrot Festival

September 15th, 2024  10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

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Our entertainment, vendor information, and more from last year are available for your patronage under the dropdown from 2023.

 

Carrot Festival Sponsors:

 

Carrot Festival Food Offerings:

Signature Carrot Cake

 

 

Entertainment:

 

Kids’ Zone:

 

 

Stuff the Bus:

2024 Vendor Information:

Click on the links below to get applications for space and important vendor information. We can’t wait to welcome you this year!

2024 Vendor Letter

2024 Vendor Application

2024 Vendors:

Audreys Art LTD
Audrey Leczinsky
Email

Independent Tupperware Consultant
Cindy Justice
Website

Crusin’ Creations
Diane Babin
Etsy
Facebook

Face and Body Painting
Barbara Arponte
Email

Four Season Wax Melts and More LLC
Edward Carusone
Facebook 

Lisa Ne Jame
Lisa Ne Jame
Email 

Pampered Chef
Lisa Jubert
Website

Paparazzi Jewelry and Accessories
Linda & Isadore Johnson
Website
Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Service Vendors:

 

Carrot A-Peel: 

Download our letter here

Carrot A-Peel 2024

Carrot Festival History:

In 1978, the CAA parking lot needed paving. Members Paul and Rose Westheimer, owners of The Carrot Barn at Schoharie Valley Farms, produced and packaged 1400 tons of carrots that year and suggested during a brainstorming session that a carrot-themed fundraiser might be a successful endeavor to complete the task at hand.

After more than 40 years of successful Carrot Festivals, the Westheimers were glad to see their idea become a community institution. They remembered Paul’s father, Julius, making and selling fresh carrot juice at the first festival! There were pony rides on the front lawn, along with cotton candy and taffy for kids. “It was minuscule compared to now,” Paul Westheimer said. The money raised in that first festival, mostly from selling fruit and vegetables, paid for the paving job and was the beginning of what has become one of the Capital Region’s favorite end-of-summer outings. Long after the Carrot Barn was sold, the Westheimers were active members of the Carrot Festival committee, until they relocated to Massachusetts. Sadly, we lost precious Rose z”l in early 2021. Her legacy lives on. The Carrot Festival now showcases foods and desserts, including several kinds of carrot cake. Other features include fresh produce from the Carrot Barn in Schoharie, live music and entertainment throughout the day, vendors and crafters, a community service tent, a pet adoption clinic, and plenty of activities to keep children entertained. The “star of the show” is the Signature Carrot Festival Carrot Cake: a buttery praline filling between the two cake layers, topped with a rich cream cheese frosting. In 2006, the Congregation copyrighted and published the cookbook Divine Kosher Cuisine. An entire cookbook section was devoted to Carrot Festival recipes. The cookbook contains many delicious kosher recipes and can be purchased at our Leora Judaica Gift Shop

Entertainment traditionally includes a Klezmer band, Israeli dancers, performers from Schenectady Light Opera Company’s (SLOC’s) fall shows, and much more. In addition, special afternoon concerts have featured the local bands Flame, Joe’s Boys, the McKrells, The Accents, and The Refrigerators, to name a few. In 2019, we were also honored with a performance by American Idol Third Place winner Madison VanDenburg, who lives in Cohoes.

Vendors and crafters sell jewelry, kitchen gadgets, pottery, cosmetics, floral designs, clothing, and more. The community service tent features local non-profit organizations showcasing what they do to help the community, as well as many volunteer opportunities with our new partner, The United Way of the Greater Capital Region!  The children’s area is always filled with activities to keep kids of all ages busy for hours.

The Carrot Festival has become a community family tradition, and we are proud that COVID-19 did not stop us from holding a festival in 2020, even if it looked a bit different. But happily, the Westheimers’ vision carries on with volunteers hard at work planning our 2021 Carrot Festival. We welcome you to join us!

 

Congregation Agudat Achim office: 518-393-9211
Other Questions?
Contact Hillary at hbean5891@aol.com or 518-331-4208

 

 

 

 

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