COHOCTON — The rainy, muddy day did not last long as the sun poked out and offered some humidity to the famous fall parade.
The Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival focused on a creative theme of focusing on families this year from Oct. 4 to Oct. 7.
Theresa Miller, Theresa’s Creations owner, said that she grew up in this area, but was born down south. She would visit her aunt, and collect seashells by the seashore.
“My aunt had an open market, and I would help her paint the seashells,” she said. “I started to make it more my thing by adding molds to the sand dollars, seashells, and starfish. I would say my bestseller is the turtles. It is something unique and handmade. I even offer an adoption paper, and the legend of the five doves story with the turtles.”
When a sand dollar is broken five little white doves are set free, and this allows the spirits to be free.
“I have always done really good with every festival I have gone too,” Miller said. “I love going to all the different festivals over the year.”
Miller offers her sea creations at a reasonable price, and often has orders for special types of items.
“I will go visit still and every time I am by the ocean shore I will collect things to use for my art,” she said. “I get what I can at the Islands. I usually find about 100 dead starfish, and I will take them and dry them out. I find a lot of seashells as well. I usually can get bags and bags of things to bring back.”
Miller said she plans on taking some of her creations down to the sea turtle resort, and donating some of the proceeds to them.
Make A Wish Western New York was present for the first time at the festival. Dawn Miller is a parent of a wish kid, and she wanted to help make some other wishes come true.
“Our wish granter made some soup and chili holders to sell at the festival, and we are doing raffle tickets to raise money,” she said. “All of the proceeds go to Make A Wish WNY to help other children’s dreams come true.”
On Oct. 13 they are holding a walk at Centerway Square in Corning at 10:30 a.m. On Dec. 10 there will be a Make A Wish Penny Social at the Dansville Moose Lodge at 6 p.m.
The Cohocton Fall Festival Parade was a huge hit again this year with participation from Wayland, Cohocton, Avoca, Atlanta, Perkinsville, Prattsburgh, Canaseraga, and Dansville.