Madison County Tourism, a 501(c) (6) nonprofit organization, is seeking to obtain paid services with a professional photographer to capture photos for use on their website, social media accounts, promotional publications and advertisements of both candid and posed pictures. This RFP is open to both Madison County Tourism members and non-members.

Please download the accompanying PDF for complete details.

Two of Madison County’s farms welcome you to visit and enjoy all the fun this season has to offer.

Be sure to check out Our Farm, an award-winning family farm in Cazenovia that has an array of activities to offer school children during the week and the public on the weekend throughout October (including Columbus Day).

Visitors can enjoy horse rides, hayrides, the petting zoo, corn maze, U-Pick pumpkins and a catapult!  That’s right, “Boris,” a trebuchet standing 15 feet tall, will throw pumpkins 250 feet into the air to crash-land 200 feet away!

Plus, Our Farm offers four flavors of rhubarb sauce that are made from rhubarb grown on the farm and processed at Nelson Farms.

And just down the road Critz Farms is hosting their 2013 Fall Harvest Celebration. Running now through October 27, they have ongoing activities, special events and festival entertainment.

This year’s corn maze has been designed in cooperation with their friends at Morrisville State College, taking the form of the gigantic Mustang Madness Corn Maze. You’ll have a blast “horsing around” in this challenging maze while you learn more about what makes the Mustangs so special. As usual, you’ll be able to enjoy the maze, find the information stations, and earn a prize!

Other activities include the Critz Critter Animal Area, live music & entertainment on weekends, wagon rides to the apple orchard and pumpkin field (weekends only), U-pick apples and pumpkins, fresh sweet apple cider, hard cider tasting at the Harvest Moon Cidery, Kiddie Corral Playground and Slide Mountain Playground to name a few.

Critz Farms is open Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm—including Columbus Day—and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6pm.

For more information on the farms, visit www.critzfarms.com and www.fallpumpkinfarm.com.

Be a wheel watcher or a wheel turner when the 42nd annual edition of Wheel Days rolls on to the Madison County Fairgrounds in Brookfield, Sept. 27-29.

Friday evening the wheels start spinning with the diesel truck pull. On Saturday the gas trucks will spin their wheels down the track, followed by an evening of squealing wheels when the Smash’em Crash’em Demolition Derby and Rollover contest takes to the track. Remember that the Demolition Derby is always a sell out with limited grandstand seating.  Tickets will go on sale at 4pm for a 5pm show.

The wheel excitement continues on Sunday with the stock and modified tractors competing to out-pull one another. Sunday is also the day to polish up your wheels for “Just Cruise-In,” an event for every Classic, Custom, Antique, Muscle vehicle on wheels.

Beside all this wheel excitement you can get down with the live country music of Sundown, Knight Ryders, and Matt Chase & the Thunder Canyon Band. Find some treasurers at the flea markets, craft vendors and BCS Senior Auction. Don’t miss what may be your last chance of the season to enjoy some chicken barbeque and delicious fair cuisine!

For more information, visit www.madisoncountyfairny.com.

Visit Hamilton this Saturday for The Great Chocolate Festival, a sweet celebration of chocolate and history! You’ll find live music, games, local and regional artists and CHOCOLATE!

But why a chocolate festival in Hamilton? On September 27, 1955, a train was diverted from the main track, causing it to speed through a coal shed and crash to the ground. The good news was that no one was injured and the great news was that Nestle' Crunch Bars, Chocolate Chips and Nestle' Quik were spilled everywhere! Children rushed to the scene of "The Chocolate Wreck" to snatch up all the chocolate they could!

Chocolate and trains are the main themes of this FREE event, which provides tons of family fun and artistic, cultural, and educational entertainment.

Visit www.thegreatchocolatefestival.com for more information and a listing of events.

The 18th Annual Madison County Hop Fest presented by the Madison County Historical Society and the NYS Barn coalition is September 13-15!

Hop Fest celebrates the past and possible future of the hop industry in Madison County, which has more than 200 years of hop heritage in  Madison County plus a present-day hop farming resurgence.

On Friday Sept. 13, enjoy an exceptional meal at the Hamilton Inn paired with Good Nature Brewing.  Brewery owners Carrie Blackmore and Matt Whalen will be at the dinner to talk about the paired meal and their craft beer. (TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT—though the Hamilton Inn will present Taste of Hops: a food and beer pairing Saturday at noon at the Madison County Historical Society).

Admission is free on Saturday Sept. 14 to the Madison County Historical Society (9:30 am–5:30pm) where a variety of featured guest speakers will discuss all-things-hops.  There will also be brewing demonstrations by American Home Brewers Association, BIER Club, Salt City Brew Club, exhibits on the history of hops, crowning of the 2013 Hop King 2pm), and of course craft beer sampling (2:30-5:30 pm).  Throughout the afternoon, purchase your raffle tickets to win great beer-related merchandise. And visit the "Hopshop" to purchase hop plants and event shirts! Plus, you can visit with folks from the Northeast Hops Alliance, Foothill Farms, a local hops farm, Madison County Agriculture Economic Development and Great Lakes Brewing News.

On Sunday Sept. 15, take the Agricultural Development Tour: Settlement Period Barns to Hop Houses (9 am-3 pm). The tour promises to be a fun day of architectural history and enjoyment of a six-course hop-inspired meal prepared by the Copper Turret. Tour participants are asked to meet at the Cornell Co- Operative Extension office located at 100 Eaton Street in Morrisville at 9 am. This tour will commence and finish with a hop house. Carl Stearns, Preservation Architect from Crawford & Stearns and Randy Nash, owner of New York Barn Company, will lead the tour and share their vast knowledge on the development of the barns in CNY and the role of the hop industry in New York State.

The tour concludes with dinner at the Copper Turret where Chef Kerry Beadle has prepared a hop inspired meal of: Hop Sausage with spicy veer vinegar Sauce, Bock Beer Brined Corned Brisket on braised red cabbage, Stout Braised Pulled Pork Carnitas with hop-infused peach granita and cilantro crème fraiche, Beer Marinated Grilled Flank Steak with Peach Tomato Salsa Porter, Barbequed Salmon on quinoa pilaf, and Chocolate Beer Cheesecake with a pretzel crust. Tickets for the tour and dinner are $62 each.

Proceeds from the Hop Fest support the educational programming at the Madison County Historical Society. The tradition of promoting the art of craft brewing and the influence of the hop industry on New York State continues at the Madison County Hop Fest.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, call the society at 315-363-4136 or visit www.mchs1900.org/hopfest. There is no admission to attend Hop Fest. Admission is charged for the Paired Beer Dinner, Taste of Hops presented by The Hamilton Inn, Beer Sampling and the Agricultural Development Tour: Settlement Period Barns to Hop Houses.  Must be at least 21 to enter the events where beer is served. Proper ID required for entrance to all areas where beer is served. Please do not bring children, strollers, or pets to the event. Tickets available for designated drivers (who must be 21 years of age) at the entrance of the craft beer sampling tent.

PictureNichols Pond Park Boardwalk
This Labor Day Weekend, escape to one of Madison County’s parks!

Enjoy the natural setting and tranquility Oxbow Falls Park! Located at 6919 Oxbow Road in the Town of Lincoln, you can enjoy a game of softball or test your Frisbee skills on the 18-Hole Disc Golf Course.  Feel like relaxing? Then have a picnic in a pavilion or at one of the numerous picnic sites with tables and grills. If you want to stretch your legs some more, enjoy the park’s 125 acres that are home to woodlands, streams, a 100-foot waterfall, and miles of hiking trails. And be sure to take in the park’s panoramic view that stretches across the Oneida Lake Plain to Lake Ontario.

Explore the 45 acres of forest and wetlands at Nichols Pond Park, located at 5797 Nichols Pond Road in the Town of Fenner. The park’s nature trails offer the opportunity for a brisk hike and a sprawling observation deck overlooks the wetlands. Be sure to read the interpretive signs along the way. You can also learn about the park’s history. Not only is it the site of an Oneida Indian Village it’s also recognized as the site of the 1615 Champlain-Oneida Battleground.

For more information on Madison County parks, visit http://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/planning/parks.

Nearly 50,000 treasure hunters will descend upon the small hamlet of Bouckville this week for the 42nd annual Madison-Bouckville Antique Week.

The largest outdoor antique show in New York State—and the latest in a string of successful events in Madison County this summer—runs Monday August 12 through Sunday August 18.

“We’re really excited about this year’s show,” said John Mancino, president of Madison-Bouckville Promotions, which organizes Antique Week. “The June Antique Show exceeded all of our expectations and we had a great turnout for the first annual Bouckville Classics car show.  This momentum has carried over into Antique Week and helped us book thousands of vendors—it’s going to be a great event.”

Mancino said that more than 2,000 vendors and dealers will line Route 20, setting up on picturesque farm fields alongside local antique shops to create a continuous flow of antiques.  Each will have antiques and collectables of all shapes, sizes, and price ranges available for sale or trade. Admission is free to most fields.

In addition, the Madison County Visitors Center, located on Rt. 20, is among the many lots that offer free parking. A convenient shuttle will be running a continuous loop from the Visitors Center to downtown Bouckville Thursday through Sunday.

Those who attend the show on Tuesday through Friday at noon will beat the crowds and also be eligible to win $500 cash by playing the “Cash Walk.”  Visitors who have their game card stamped at ten participating locations will be entered into a raffle, which will be held Friday at noon in The Gallery Antique Store. The card will be available at the Cider House Antique Shop and, when completed, must be turned in at Troop Scoops.

As is tradition, there will be plenty of food vendors ready to feed hungry shoppers with fare ranging from hamburgers to ice cream to lobster.

For more information on Madison-Bouckville Antique Week, visit www.madison-bouckville.com.

Madison-Bouckville Antique Week is part of a great lineup of summer events in Madison County. For information on lodging, camping, dining, and other arts and entertainment events in Madison County, call 1-800-684-7320 or visit www.madisontourism.com.

The 5th annual Hamilton International Film Festival (HIFF), running August 1-4, will bring cinema and legends together as it screens The General, a documentary based on the 1990 Colgate Hockey Team, in addition to other fine films.

Grant and Todd Slater of Slater Brothers Entertainment return to the area they grew up with their festival, which will run in numerous venues in the community.

Todd Slater said, “this year is going to be particularly special, because we have decided to hold an unofficial screening of our own documentary film, The General. It is a story of our dad, the 1990 Colgate University Men’s Ice Hockey Team and the relationship they had with the community of Hamilton, NY.”

The General will be shown on Saturday August 3rd at 7:15 PM at the Hamilton Theater. Several members of the 1990 Colgate Men’s Hockey team will be in attendance. The film will immediately be followed by a Closing Night Party at the Colgate Inn’s Rathskeller Pub.

Grant Slater said, “This is such a fun event for us. Central New York is still home to us, so it is really a great feeling to see how supportive the community has been. From day one, the attendance at all of the screenings has been at or near capacity and the film industry at large has really taken notice. The number of quality films submitted has gone up every year. The Festival is attracting some of the top filmmakers in the industry, to not only submit their films, but actually attend the festival and be accessible to the film enthusiasts. We could not have imagined a better response.”

The Festival kicks off on Thursday August 1st at 7:00 PM at the Hamilton Theater with the basketball film, Long Shot-The Kevin Laue Story. The inspirational true-life story will be presented by the film’s director, Franklin Martin, and star, Kevin Laue. The Thursday screening will once again benefit Hamilton Central School,
with all proceeds from ticket sales going to the school.

The film has had several early reviews from prominent sports enthusiasts, including NBA great Bill Walton, who said “Kevin’s remarkable and perfectly told story will make you laugh, cry and

On Friday August 2nd at 6:30 PM there will be a festival-sponsored reception at the Colgate University Bookstore that’s open to the public. Andrew Mendelson, an internationally acclaimed sitar player will perform. Following the reception, Andrew’s documentary film, A Cricket in the Court of Akbar, will be screened at 8:00 PM at the Hamilton Theater.

Other events include a Boxing Clinic in the Park at 11:00 AM on Saturday August 3rd. The event will focus on self-confidence, and be open to the public. Following the clinic, Jill Morley’s feature documentary film, Fight Like a Girl will be screened at 1:30 PM at the Hamilton Theater. On Sunday, The Sunday Shorts Program—a collection of short films—will start at 1:00. Q&A will follow immediately after each film with the director or producer.

Chuck Fox, longtime friend of the Slater family continued, “Hamilton Theater is delighted to host the fifth annual Slater Brothers Hamilton  International Film Festival! This event has become a highlight in central New York, attracting world-class filmmakers and bigger audiences every year.  The festival represents a wonderful contribution by the Slater brothers to the community where they grew up, this year’s festival promises to be the best ever!”

For additional information and a full schedule of events, visit  www.sbehiff.com. For ticket information, call The Hamilton Theater at 315-824-2724. Each showing is only $5.  Festival ALL ACCESS passes are available for $25.

You’re invited to sample homegrown products, take farm tours, and pet farm animals as part of the 6th annual Open Farm Day this Saturday, July 27th from 10am to 4pm.

In all, 36 farms and three farmer’s markets in Madison County will open their gates to the public. All you need is an Open Farm Day passport and a cooler to bring home lots of local food. You can pick up a passport at one of ten Price Chopper locations in CNY or download a copy now by clicking HERE.

This year, the Open Farm Day Prize for visiting three or more farms is a Madison County Picnic Pack, an insulated drawstring backpack. Just get your Passport stamped at three different farms, fill out the survey on the back of the Stamp Card and turn it in at your final stop in exchange for the Open Farm Day prize.

Open Farm Day is sure to be a fun and exciting event for people of all ages. There’s no better way to experience the diversity of locally produced products and meet Madison County’s farmers and their animals!

Open Farm Day is brought to you by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County. For more information, please visit www.MadisonCountyAgriculture.com/OpenFarmDay.

Today, more than ever, consumers are demanding close-to-home freshness in everything they buy.  And very few places even come close to Central New York for the variety and quality of its farm-fresh produce.

This week, head out to one (or two!) of Madison County's four Farmer's Markets.  You'll find locally grown fruits and vegetables plus handmade arts and crafts.  And because the markets run each weekend through the summer and into the fall, you can have fresh produce month after month.

So visit a Farmer's Market and enjoy the bounty of Madison County!

S. Main & Hickory Streets
Saturdays 8:30 am - 2 pm

Cannon Park, Albany Street
Saturdays 9AM - 5PM (10AM Sept-Nov)
Early May - Early November
Village Green, between Broad & E. Broad Streets
Saturdays 8AM - 1PM
Early May - Early November 

Oneida and Williams Streets
Thursdays 9AM - 5PM,
Late June - End October. 

Visit www.madisoncountyagriculture.com/farmersmarkets for more information.