One of the signature festivals in Upstate NY the past 15+ years returns after a two year absence. The 16th annual NY Harvest Festival & Freedom Fair, the brainchild of activist/promoter Rob Robinson, will be held October 12-15 at Kutcher’s Country Club in Monticello, NY.
I had the chance to ask Rob a few questions about the festival past and present.
Herby One: What led you to produce the original New York State Harvest Festival? Where and when was it??
Rob Robinson: I founded and ran an event called The HempSplash that started at the ArrowHead Ranch in Parksville, NY. This was way back in 1990! The HempSplash was later moved to Lembo Lake in Modena, NY in 1995 and The NY Harvest Festival became the later in the year HempSplash Party! The 1st NY Harvest Festival & Freedom Fair was held on October 21 & 22, 1995 in Modena, NY – Lembo Lake.
Herby: I guess the BIG news this time around is the new venue. Can you tell us a little bit about the venue and what attendees can expect there?
Rob: The new venue is nothing short of amazing! After leaving Camp Minglewood, we knew we needed to find something special. Then we went to Rock n’ Roll Resort at Kutsher’s Country Club in Monticello, NY – hosted by Wicked Cool Productions. The event was amazing and we had a great time. The idea of making this resort a full on camping festival was something that was too tempting not to try. So here we are, at a 250 room resort, 3 stages outdoor and 3 stages indoor, and a huge outdoor and indoor vendor and artist area. Camping on the lawns of the grounds! The Catskill Mountains, the entertainment, the resort, the Harvest Fest family, are sure to make this venue, and year, one not soon to forget!
Herby: The list of bands and speakers is impressive. Did you have a set list of acts you wanted to include?
Rob: Well to be honest, we were not sure we would be able to build such a line-up. But we are humbled and honored to be bringing to Kutsher’s Resort: Immortal Tecnnique, Pete Seeger with Mike + Ruthy, The Dead Milkmen, John K of Furthur solo acoustic, Tony Vacca’s World Rhythms, Murphy’s Law, Maaze with special guest Kenny Brooks of Ratdog, the list goes on and on! Hoping to see some very special things happening with folk legend Pete Seeger at his Sunday appearance.
When it comes to the speakers, we have the cream of the crop! Saturday’s keynote speaker is Pastor Kenneth Glasgow of The Ordinary People’s Society. Kenny is nothing short of an amazing, on the ground activist and is also the little brother of Rev. Al Sharpton. He is an amazing, passionate anti drug war speaker. Then on Sunday we have Superior Court Judge of Orange County CA. James Gray. James is also the Libertarian Candidate for Vice President of the USA, running with Gov. Gary Johnson. We also have Mayor of New Paltz: Jason West, over 10 medical marijuana patients, advocates, activists and more. This crowd will get some education, on top of entertainment, for sure!
The NY Harvest Festival and Freedom Fair is the must not miss event of the season. If you have never attended, then you really should get your tickets and see what thousands of others have already experienced. It’s a life changer!! For more info visit the official site –> damnsam.com