This Sunday marks the 32nd Annual Carrot Festival presented by Congregation Agudat Achim in Niskayuna. Why carrots? Click here for the story.

According to festival co-chair Hillary Fink,

“This year’s festival is going to be FAB-U-LOUS!”

The entertainment line-up features Flame, a group made up of 11 people with developmental/physical disabilities, including autism, Down’s syndrome, mental retardation and blindness, from Lexington Center, Fulton County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.  Other bands include The Melody Makers (a fabulous big-band), Uncle Joel’s Comb (a fabulous band made up of high school students), 2 Klezmer bands, and Israeli dancers.

The Children’s Area will have llamas, pony rides, a petting zoo, a bouncy bounce, The Schenectady Museum, Mad Science, Reptile Adventure, Kindermusik, Music Together, Drama Kids International, KidzArt, balloon creations, face painting, and more.  Car seat safety checks will also be done from 10:00 until 2:00.

The event will also feature a health fair sponsored by Ellis Medicine; a produce tent with locally grown produce, 50 vendors and crafters, a “Giving Tent” featuring approximately 20 organizations showcasing the services they provide to the community.

There will be, of course, LOTS of great food in the food tent – traditional Jewish foods such as tzimmes, Israeli salad, hummus, falafel and brisket sandwiches. Hamburgers, hot dogs and portabella mushrooms will be cooked on the grill, and chicken dinners will also be available.  And there’s no way your experience will be complete without a slice of their  famous carrot cake – the signature Carrot Festival offering is two layers thick with a praline filling and cream cheese frosting.

Hours are 10am-4:30pm, rain or shine.  Admission is free.

And there will be carrot cake.