During the fall you're probably used to pumpkin and apple festivals. But, one Southern Tier village had a different focus this weekend. Katie Husband takes us to a celery celebration in the village of Horseheads.
HORSEHEADS, N.Y. -- A festival with music, food and vendors all for celery? That's how one Chemung County village celebrated their Saturday as a salute to history.
"The village of Horseheads in the 1880s up through the early 1900s they were the number one regional celery grower, producer in the area. And a lot of folks don't know that," said Louise McIntosh, Celery Festival Co-chair.
So, they decided to block off Hanover Square and combine the 175th anniversary celebration of the village with the commemoration of the village's celery history.
"Who knew that Horseheads was the capital of celery that turned the century. Somebody found out. This is part of our 175th anniversary of the village of Horseheads, and what a party," said Donald Zeigler, Horseheads Mayor.
Village officials have wanted something to commemorate the history that this little piece of celery has with this area.
"This was an idea of a couple people that found out that we were the celery capital because we all didn't know it," said Zeigler.
The celery festival is the focus of the year-long celebration. But, it doesn't stop with the celery.
"In November we have Holly Days and we have a new event in December, we're doing horse and carriage rides in a Victorian Stroll," said McIntosh.
But, officials said the celery tops it all.
"This is probably the highlight of the whole year," said Zeigler.
And now, the village of Horseheads is trademarked as having their own Celery Festival.