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Harvest Fest Organizer Arrested For Trespassing, Nuisance

FARMER WHO

ORGANIZED FEST

UNDER ARREST

As 1,500 Gathered On Hill, Knarich

Ignored Warnings, Sheriff Alleges

An attendee wanders through the 23 annual NY Harvest Fest & Freedom Fair/Political Rally Sunday afternoon atop Allen Road, Town of New Lisbon, about three miles northwest of Mount Vision. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

George Knarich is being held at the county jail, pending his arraignment. He is expected to be released this evening.

NEW LISBON – The organizer of what’s been described as a pro-marijuana-legalization festival that drew as many as 1,500 people to a rural hilltop over the weekend was arrested this morning.

George A. Knarich, 55, is charged with violating Governor Cuomo’s executive orders against COVID-Era mass gatherings on land, it is further alleged, that had been seized by Otsego County as a tax foreclosure – he didn’t even own it.

According to Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr., his department received a tip that NY Harvest Fest & Freedom Fair/Political Rally, featuring music and vendors, was still scheduled, despite the executive order banning “non-essential gatherings” of 50 or more people.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20

Pony Palooza!

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PONY PALOOZA – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Horse rescue opens doors for family friendly celebration. Includes pony hugs, tours, games, local vendors, rides, food, face painting, more. Rosemary Farm, 1646 Roses Brook Road, South Kortright. 607-538-1200 or visit www.facebook.com/RosemaryFarm/

HOPS FOR HISTORY – 2 – 8 p.m. Downtown venues offer food pairings with local beers. Tickets, $30 day-of. Available only at Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org

Harvest Fest Evokes 19th Century, – Complete With Suffragette Protest

Harvest Fest Evokes 19th Century

– Complete With Suffragette Protest

The Farmers' Museum's annual Harvest Fest was underway today (and continues Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Cooperstown), evoking autumn in 19th century rural villages, from sheared sheep to picking potatoes. A novelty this year was an evocation of the suffragette movement to win the vote for women, courtesy of the museum's Templeton Players and culminating in a demonstration on the Green in front of the Bump Tavern. Marching toward the demonstration today are, from left,
The Farmers’ Museum’s annual Harvest Fest was underway today (and continues Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Cooperstown), evoking autumn in 19th century rural villages, from sheared sheep to picking potatoes. A novelty this year was an evocation of the suffragette movement to win the vote for women, courtesy of the museum’s Templeton Players and culminating in a demonstration on the Green in front of the Bump Tavern. Marching toward the demonstration today are, from left, Samantha Maccoll Garfinkel, Sapphira Koerner, Crystal Beven and Anastacia Marco.  Sunday, the Templeton Players will bring the 1840s Rent Wars back to life.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Youngsters pet sheep herded by Victoria Subik of Fonda, right, and her fellow Hartwick College student Kelly Sprague (in red checked shirt) at today's Harvest Fest.
Youngsters pet sheep herded by Victoria Subik of Fonda, right, and her fellow Hartwick College student Kelly Sprague (in red checked shirt) at today’s Harvest Fest.
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