People were getting a taste of New York in the North Country. Vendors were showcasing their best products at the "Made in New York Festival" in Sackets Harbor. YNN's Carmella Mataloni shows us why many people make an effort to buy local.
SACKETS HARBOR, N.Y. -- The third annual Made in New York Festival drew thousands for a day at the historical Madison Barracks. Over 100 businesses from New York showcased their products.
"It's a great site, lots of vendors, lots of things to see and do," said Jeanette Rushford, Watertown resident.
The festival is a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels of Greater Watertown and the Watertown Urban Mission. People from all over the state showed up to see what some of New York State’s farm and home-based businesses had to offer.
Montezuma Winery has been a part of the event since its first year. Owners said it's a great way for businesses to market their products.
"It's these businesses that make our state what it is; and, supporting each other can help us stay and enjoy New York," said Darlene Stevens, Montezuma Winery.
Both the locals and people traveling in for the festival said they enjoy coming to these types of events because there are new businesses popping up all over and you never know what you are going to find.
"I'm unfamiliar with what is up in the northern states and it's always a load of fun to see what is new and what is coming around," said Bill Lawrence, Syracuse resident.
"They really make a unique product and it's really nice to be a part of the community and support them," said Rushford.
"There are things internationally that are just as nice here in New York, Watertown, Sackets. And, it brings out the people. It's a beautiful historical area," said Lisa Morgia-Graham, Morgia Designs.
Festival goers said they are happy to see another successful year of an event that takes an entire state and turns it into a big community.