Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts
A Nostalgic Look Back


For a number of years this was the official website of the Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts (FOTA).
Content is from the site's 2010-2015 archived pages profiding a glimpse of what this annual festival offered its  vendors & visitors.

If you have inadvertantly ended up here while looking for the Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts (FOTA), their current website is found at


REMSEN Barn Festival of the Arts
**Celebrating 37 years**
Remsen, New York 13438
September 24 - 25, 2016


In Remsen, when the summer fades and fall is in the air... and it is the fourth full weekend in September, then it must be the Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts!  A tradition for more than 30 years, the main street of Remsen is transformed that weekend into a venue for more than 250 crafters and food vendors.  The street is closed to vehicle traffic, allowing approximately 225 arts and craft exhibitors and 25 food concessions to line the street.  A farmer's market can also be found mixed with the craft booths.  Admission to the Festival is free and parking can be found in several authorized Barn FOTA parking lots.

The Remsen Barn Festival of the arts has been a tradition in our town for over 35 years.

In Remsen, when the summer fades and fall is in the air...  and it is the fourth full weekend in September, then it must be the Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts! A tradition for more than 30 years, the main street of Remsen is transformed that weekend into a venue for more than 250 crafters and food vendors. The street is closed to vehicle traffic, allowing approximately 225 arts and craft exhibitors and 25 food concessions to line the street. A farmer's market can also be found mixed with the craft booths.

Main Street
Remsen, NY 13438


"I never miss this event and I'll be here every day the festival is running helping out the vendors & having fun. I learned that Pete Jensen bought a new boat last month and it's already back on eBay because he doesn't think he likes the color. He said it looked different on his computer screen. Speaking of computers, the president of the council is having some problems with Google. Not with the company, but what shows up when you do a search for his name. One of the investors in his firm was just indicted on a fraud charge and that news item is #3 in Google. He found an online service that specializes in removing bad search results. They claim to use ethical and legal methods to force the offending search result off of page 1. I can tell by my conversation with him that he's ready to hire them. Amazing stuff you learn at this festival, in addition to the joy of it all," Lewis Adler remarked. He then went on, "On a related tech note, many of the vendors at this festival have been using Microsoft Access for years to manage their inventory and customer databases. But lately, there's been a growing sentiment that it might be time for an upgrade. The system, while reliable, has started to show its age, especially when it comes to integration with newer technologies and cloud-based solutions. Some vendors have mentioned the limitations they face in terms of scalability and remote access. I've overheard discussions about transitioning to more modern database solutions that are not only more robust but can also easily integrate with online sales platforms. It's a challenging transition, but many believe it's essential to keep up with the times and cater to a younger, tech-savvy audience. It's fascinating to see how even in such traditional settings, the push for technological evolution remains ever-present."


Take a stroll through Remsen Barn Festival

21 Sep, 2015 Team Fuze |

The 36th Annual Remsen Barn Festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27 on their picturesque Main Street in Remsen. Residents of Remsen and the surrounding areas wait with anticipation for this yearly event that features artisan crafts, foodstuffs, live music and art all in a beautiful rural setting in Upstate NY.  Experience all the vibrant fall colors Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is free but parking is $5 at FOTA lots. Shuttle service will be provided to the festival.

Garden Mentor

With the leaves beginning to change, the smell of everything fall: pumpkins, sweet cider, sugary doughnuts and apple pie with the crisp air on a sunny day is a perfect combination for this one of a kind event. Vendors from all over will be sporting off their wares for two days. There will be a vast selection of handmade items including: jewelry, soaps, candles, crafty birdhouses, sweet tasting treats, stunning photography and so much more.

Don’t forget to fuel up for a day of shopping with fluffy pancakes. Come early and bring your appetite to the Remsen Fire Department at 7 a.m. for a pancake breakfast (both days). And, afterwards stroll over to the Methodist Church for a Berry Baking Contest at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The weekend might be filled with everything crafts but we encourage to wear your walking shoes and bring the entire family over to the corn maze. Wander through but don’t get lost through the maze.

So, take a short drive to Remsen and stroll through Main Street and take in all the crafty selections, delicious treats and live music from various artists this weekend.





Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts 2015 
Schedule of Events

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

7:00 am  RVFC - Pancake Breakfast - Firehouse 

10 :00 am -Berry Baking Contest -Methodist Church 

10:00 am - 5:00 pm - Snow Country Quilt Exhibit (Free) -  Remsen Arts Center

10:00 am- CoCo the Clown, face painting and shows, Booth space 138

11:00 am- Dance 10 show- Soda Fountain

11:00am - 12:30 pm Fiddle Dee pas and Dudes- Arts Center Stage

Noon- Corn Maze - Remsen Depot

12:00 am-4:30pm - Cincinnati Creek- strolling 

12:00-5:00pm- The Old Main- Strolling

1:00 pm -5:30pm - Travis Rocco -Remsen Arts Center 

1:30-4:30 pm- Fiddle Dee Divas and Dudes- Strolling

3:00 pm- Dance 10 show- Soda Fountain

Sunday, September 27, 2015

7:00 am - RVFC - Pancake Breakfast - Firehouse

10:00 am  - Snow Country Quilt Exhibit (Free) - Remsen Arts Center

10:00 am- CoCo the Clown- Face Painting and shows Booth Space #138

11:00am- Bog River- Remsen Arts Center

12:00 pm - Butler-Sheehan School of Irish Dance- Soda Fountain 

Noon - Corn Maze - Remsen Depot

12:00- 4:00pm - Cincinnati Creek- Strolling

12:00- 4:30pm- The Old Main - Strolling

12:30 pm- 4:30 pm - Travis Rocco - Remsen Arts Center 

2:30 pm - 54th Annual Remsen Gymanfa Ganu - Remsen Methodist Church*

3:00pm- Butler-Sheehan School of Irish Dance- Soda Fountain





Q: When is Barn FOTA?
A: It is Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, 2016. The Barn Festival is always the fourth full weekend in September.
Q: What time does it start and end?
A: Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Q: Is there an admission charged?
A: No -- Barn FOTA is free.
Q: Is there a charge for parking?
A: $5.00 for FOTA lots.  Residents and other organizations may charge more.
Q: Where do I park?
A: Follow the signs off Route 12 for authorized FOTA parking.
Q: May I drive on Main Street in Remsen during the Festival?
A: No, it is closed from Prospect Street to Pritchard Road.
Q: Is the Festival open in the rain?
A: Yes, rainy days are great shopping days.

Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: We encourage visitors not to subject their pets to the crowded streets and booths.  Additionally, dogs are not allowed on bus transportation.

Q: Is there a bus to the parking lot?
A: Yes, there is a bus to the parking lot on the corner of Route 12 and Steuben Street (Shufelt's).

Q: Where is the most convenient parking?
A: The authorized FOTA parking lot at Remsen Central School.  This is an all paved lot with traffic control by the fire department.  This lot is located at the North entrance to the Festival. 

Q: Is the show and parking lot handicapped accessible?
A: Yes, Main Street is accessible and handicapped parking can be found at the Depot log -- at the train station.
Q: How do I apply to become a vendor?
A: You may download a Jury Application  here.
Q: What is the GymanfaGanu?
A: The Gymnanfa is the annual Welsh hymn sing.  It is held on Sunday at 2;30 pm at the Stone Meeting House on Prospect Street.  Bus transportation is available for those unable to walk up the hill to the Meeting House.
Q: Is there lodging near the Festival?
A: Yes.
Listings for your convenience-do not necessarily imply Remsen Barn FOTA Committee endorsement
Q: What is the weather usually like during the festival?
A: Weather in upstate NY can vary from day to day and year to year.  We suggest you check the weather prior to leaving for the Fesitval.
Q: What does FOTA stand for?
A: Festival of the Arts
Q: Is there entertainment at FOTA?
A: Yes, continually on Saturday and Sunday, both strolling and at the Remsen Arts Center stage.  The event schedule is posted closer to the event each year.

Q: How do I get to Remsen?
A: Click here for directions






Again this year, paved visitor parking will be available. Please follow the signs on Route 12 to Pritchard Road and follow to paved parking lot at the North end of the Festival.  We are utilizing the Remsen Central School’s parking areas. Parking in this lot is $5.00 and is directed by the members of the Remsen Volunteer Fire Company. It is a short and convenient walk from this parking directly into the festival.




2015 Baking Contest Winners


1st Sharon Gruen 
2nd Claire Reiben 
3rd Diana Trainor

1st Diana Trainor 
2nd Ashleigh Countryman 
3rd Terri Judycki

1st Claire Rieben 
2nd Colleen Kiefer 
3rd Sandra DeLand

Youth K-5 
1st Charles DeLand 
2nd Josey DeLand 
3rd Brie Hurlbut

Youth 6-12 
1st Jenna Roberts
2nd Julia Racha 
3rd Earl DeLand

Youth Quick & Easy K-5 
1st Marissa Hefner 
2nd Owen Davies 



Remsen Barn Festival Congratulates

Hometown Hero Erin Hamlin!!

US Olympic Team-Luge-Bronze Medal

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