Apple Fest, held in the fall, is a demonstration of old-time home and harvest activities. This is an especially fun fall activity for children.
Lewil County Fair has been held every year since 1821, making it one of the oldest fairs in New York State. Between 1821 and 1871, the fair's location moved around the county. In 1871, Lowville became the fair's permanent home. In 1876, the 5 acres of land known as Forest Park were purchased.
The fairgrounds play an important part in our rural community. Local organizations like Lowville Academy and Central School, AYSO soccer, and Pop Warner Football use the grounds throughout the year. There is a community playground, groomed cross-country ski trails, and afarmers' market. Various events are held on the grounds including a Business Expo in June, Agribusiness Days in September, Relay for Life, Cruise-Ins, and a Mennonite Auction.
While at the fair, be sure to visit the dairy building. It showcases Lewis County/s number one industry - dairy farming. Inside you will find a Lewis County dairy history exhibit room, a five-stall, flat barn milking parlor, complete with adjacent milk houses and the most modern Universal dairy equipment on the market. The building also contains restrooms, a lobby area, and two dairy food service rooms. You may meet and talk with one of our farmers personally. In addition to dairy, there are old-fashioned contests for baked goods, canned goods, and sewing between homemakers.
Other activities at the fair include carnival rides, horse races, truck and tractor pulls, concerts, demolition derby, Lewis County's largest, community parade, and great fair food.
Flywheels and Pulley Gas and Steam Engine Show is held the first weekend after Labor Day. Visitors regularly come from all over the Eastern United States and Canada. Flywheels and Pulleys is a gas and steam engine club founded for the Oth I e F e &F te I purpose of restoring and showing er nterestlng airs es Iva s: antique steam and gas engines, farm machinery, logging equipment, cheese making artifacts, and other equipment that represent the way we American Maple Museum used to live.
Ice Harvest, New Bremen, February. Every year, the New Bremen Fire Department performs an ice harvest on Crystal Pond. The large blocks of ice (12" x 16" x 18") are cut from the ice formation on the pond and stored in an icehouse (19th Century style) for sale throughout the summer months.
The firemen sell the ice to other fire departments, local clubs, families, and campers to keep their food and drinks cool during their summer events.
Fall Foliage Drive·lt-Younelf Tour, October, attracts hundreds of participants year after year who enjoy our spectacular fall foliage while visiting interesting businesses and historic sites. A booklet is available for a small fee from most Lewis County businesses. The booklet explains how to find the stops and good places to eat, and includes history of some of the stops and points of interest.