COHOCTON — The Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival has been the highlight of the community for over five decades.


The 52nd Annual Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival “Farmer’s Harvest” was held on Oct. 7 and Oct. 8.


Many come from all over to enjoy what this festival has to offer in arts, crafts, food, yard sales, and much more.


Mike and Rose White of Haskinsville have been selling items at the famous fall festival for ten years now.


The couple had their first date at the Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival 31 years ago, and have made it a tradition ever since.


“We have met so many people here,” Mike White said. “This town is full of interesting people. They tell us how much they miss the tree sitting event.”


Greg Sick has passed away, but the White’s are still friends with his family, and enjoy the famous homemade chili every year. For a decade they have had their yard sale spot in the Sick Family’s lawn.


“Greg was a very good friend of ours, and this brings us back to him,” Mike White said. “We miss him a lot. His daughter is carrying on the tradition. She makes the famous chili, and shares it with us.”


Rose White said they never miss the festival.


“Our kids grew up going to this festival,” she said. “Our daughter (Jessica White) has moved down to Virginia. She is the Hampton Elementary vice-principal there. Our son (Michael White) just got married a year ago. He works at Safelite AutoGlass in Hornell.”


Rose White said she loves the people that come through here every single year.


“Everyone in this community is so nice,” she said. “There are so many great people here. The stories are amazing this year.”


Mike White said he loves when people relate items they sell to the past. He enjoys selling to his regular customers as much as he does the new ones.


“Tess was the nicest lady you ever want to know, and she used to do a yard sale across the street,” he said. “She would come over and visit with us every year. She was a sweetheart. I really miss her.”


“Little things like that make it all worth it,” White continued. “No one understands how hard it is to put on a yard sale at the festival. It is a lot of work.”


Mike White added that supporting the local community is what keeps these small towns alive.


Keith Saxton of Cohocton said that bringing his produce to the Cohocton Fall Foliage for the last 15 years has kept him busy. The Produce Depot is owned and operated by him for the sake of bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to the community.


“This has been my baby for about 15 years,” he said. “It is my biggest weekend. It helps bring the huge crowds to your stand.”


Saxton gets most of his produce from the Finger Lakes Produce Auction at least twice a week.


“I am in full operation from about July to November at this spot,” he said. “I sell pumpkins, corn, tomatoes, apples, and much more.”


Saxton added the festival is a great thing for the community all around.


Debbie Perkins of Cohocton has come to the festival for many years, but this was her first time doing a yard sale.


“It turned out to be a nice day,” she said. “I found a quiet little place to sell my many years worth of collections.”


Perkins said this has always been a nice little festival that brings the community together.  


“I had time to clean things out after I retired, so I have a little bit of everything to sell,” she said. “We had a lot of people coming through.”