29th Annual Remsen Barn FOTA

29th Annual Remsen Barn FOTA

There are 31 comments on the Rome Observer story from Sep 25, 2008, titled 29th Annual Remsen Barn FOTA. In it, Rome Observer reports that:

One of New York State's premier seasonal events, the Remsen Barn Festival of the arts will be held Sept.

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Newport, NY

#1 Oct 2, 2008
At this year's juried festival, I saw and handled a stone-cast or resin figurine which still had a "made in China" sticker. I later learned an acquaintance had purchased a snowman, presumed to be hand stuffed and hand stitched; after returning home she too found a "made in China" sticker.
This is a juried craft show??


#2 Oct 2, 2008
that's the way the game is played. I'll let ya in on a secret: beware of buying the so-called 'made in Ireland" trinkets online, too. There's a clown that goes to the $1store, buys stuff & paints it claiming to authentic Irish

United States

#3 Oct 3, 2008
This year's festival sucked even beyond the crappy weather. The food was horrible and it is usually pretty good. The fritters, skewers and homemmade chips are usually good, but we inedible this year. Everything is overprices and, you are right, not everything is handmade. It is too bad because the FOTA used to be a great festival but it has gone downhill.

United States

#4 Mar 18, 2009
It's too bad you didn't have a good time. Although I enjoy all festival foods, I didn't find anything there that I didn't like.

The festival is still a juried festival and I know they try real hard to make sure the items are handmade by the vendor but some still manage to sneak a few items in and that makes it hard for the vendors with the real, handcrafted by themselves items. It is in the contracts that it's to be handcrafted by vendor or they're in breach of contract. If you should see someone that has handcrafted in china or buy/sell itmes, please bring it to the attention of someone on the committee. They will be asked to remove those items from their booth and probably won't be invited back.

The buy-sell that's being done at any craft show is making it hard for anyone in the craft business these days. Unfortateley if you don't know what you're looking at to determine buy/sell from other countries you may be purchasing something not handcrafted by the vendor.
One way of telling, is if there's some of the same dolls, are they dressed differently? Many vendors make the same doll but wearing different clothes or different fabrics. Also, some vendors purchasing from overseas are tearing off the tags.....usually on a doll, the tag is either on the leg or on a side-body seam (you can tell by a hole in the fabric that ususally goes unstitched). This can be seen also in snowmen. Another way is do they all look the same? Many times, items made in China, they only have one pattern for it and they make them all the same....same bodies, same faces, same everything (yeah they call that quality control)! I'm a crafter and I make many of one item but they all have their own look when finished....their own "personalities" come out. But, I have overheard people saying about my items, that they were "buy/sell" when in fact, they weren't! If I over-hear that, I question why they feel that way and will continue to share my knowledge on what actual buy/sell items are and how to identify them or I'll offer to send them the pattern brochure if further convencing is needed.

So, I'm asking that you don't stop going to the show, give it another chance. Don't be afraid to really inspect an item and ask questions if you think it's not handcrafted. And if you get home and find a sticker from China, you have the right to return it to the vendor for full refund for misrepresnting the work as their own and being in breach of their contract or contacting the show committee for the same courtesy. By keeping to strick standards, it's the only way we're
going to keep actual quality handcrafted items at the craft shows!

United States

#5 Mar 18, 2009
and these recommendations are for any show you attend. It's our right to do so.

New Hartford, NY

#6 Mar 18, 2009
enjoy the downpour, happens every year

Colton, NY

#7 Sep 24, 2009
We were accepted but declined to do the show this year but we will attend none the less. Most shows get a few "buy sell" vendors but you need to be more aware of what you are buying. Talk to the vendor and ask them details on how they make the stuff.
I remember meeting a "basket vendor" and I shook her hand, soft as silk. No basket weaver would have smooth hands and later I found out she was selling imported baskets.
Better yet get some of the online catalogs of imported crap and learn what is real and what is not.
Or even better yet take up and craft and perfect your techniques and enter the show your self. After a while the junk will fall to the side.
The show is critical juried and run as well as any show and most important it is for a good cause.
Also I believe that community groups are allowed to set up and they may not be subject to such strict standards.
Over all this show is one of our favorites, and the shoppers come prepared with umbrellas and whatever foul weather gear is necessary.
The good surf more than makes up for the trash.
Besides, snow men are made in the yard from snow so why in the world would anyone buy one??


#8 Sep 26, 2009
I had to drive thru Remsen Friday nite about 4 p.m. and had a hard time driving thru main street as it was blocked with all the vendors setting up.

Clay, NY

#9 Sep 26, 2009
So what is your point Ben???

New York, NY

#10 Sep 26, 2009
The only good things left at the Barn Fest is the food, very few artisians and the musicians.

Most of the craft booths are over priced and filled with stuff that is not marketable in the real world.

Also, the Fest needs to be moved, it is too cramped to walk down Main St.

Norwich, CT

#11 Sep 28, 2009
Remsen sucks period. I wouldnt attend FOTA or whatever you call it if someone paid me too.


#12 Sep 28, 2009
I would like to know where all the $$$$ goes to from the spaces charged by FOTA???
i would love to see

Minoa, NY

#13 Sep 28, 2009
I would love to see Utica do a similar concept weekend......How about at Proctor Park????

New York, NY

#14 Sep 28, 2009
i would love to see wrote:
I would love to see Utica do a similar concept weekend......How about at Proctor Park????
Would need more parking spaces than what Proctor Park offers.

Also most craft vendors do not produce their products.. many products are Made in China.
itsy spider

Cazenovia, NY

#15 Sep 28, 2009
Ben wrote:
I would like to know where all the $$$$ goes to from the spaces charged by FOTA???
well I know they privately paid the sheriff to patrol at night, which I didn't know before. And its not to clean up..that mess out there is horrible and such an eyesore. Maybe a match would clean up all the [email protected] hay..

Manlius, NY

#16 Sep 29, 2009
It is a country festival and needs to be kept right where it is. Moving it to Utica would attract the scumbags from Cornhill and other undesirable neighborhoods. It is crowded, but a good time.

United States

#17 Sep 29, 2009
they will clean up the hay. they do every year. what makes you think they will leave it this year? i think its a great thing this little town does. the hay thats on the side of the road for a couple days is better then the trash left on the porches of the scum renters..

“Upscale Trailer Trash”

Since: Jan 09


#18 Sep 30, 2009
Ben wrote:
I would like to know where all the $$$$ goes to from the spaces charged by FOTA???
It pays for the buses, the drivers, th eland used for parking, electric for the vendors (residents who let vendors use thier electric are given a stipend for the weekend), advertising, etc. Whatever left over $$$ there is is given back to the community in form of grants, and to residents in need (ie. help with tutition)

It's great to see a whole community come together for something. Yeah, some of the vendors have some pretty cheesy stuff, but there are some true artisans there as well, just need to weed thru the not so artisan stuff.
Pat Sidney New York

Elmira, NY

#19 Aug 26, 2010
I always enjoy the FOTA. You get out of an event what you put into it. I find the venders friendly and interesting. The entertainment is always wonderful. Where else can you see and hear a huge organ made entirely of bells on a tractor trailer base because it is so huge. That show is worth the trip!!! It is a educational experience as well. Where else can you see brooms being made like they were made in years gone by. One of thoses custom made brooms decorates my kitchen and is useful too. I think that this little town should be commended for offering such a wonderful event.
Pat Sidney New York

Elmira, NY

#20 Aug 26, 2010
SSS-8 wrote:
Remsen sucks period. I wouldnt attend FOTA or whatever you call it if someone paid me too.
With that attitude I am sure no one would want you there. This is a wonderful little festival.

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