Fall Festival shifts to D&U for Columbus Day weekend

By Jay Braman Jr.
The folks at Belleayre Mountain want you to know something.
Contrary to popular belief, the ski center’s popular Fall Festival has not been cancelled.
True, it won’t be on the grassy slopes where visitors can stand in awe of panoramic views of the Catskills in full color. But, Belleayre and its new partner, the Delaware and Ulster Railroad (DURR), think they’ve come up with a pretty good alternative.
The 29th Annual Belleayre Fall Festival will be held this coming Columbus Day weekend, but at a new location thanks to a partnership announced by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the DURR. The festival will take place on October 11-12 at the Delaware and Ulster Railroad on Route 28 in Arkville from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This year’s festival will offer dozens of craft vendors, live music, great food from Mary’s Cooking, a kid’s crafts tent, face painting, a giant hay maze and much more. The DURR will be running train rides into the Catskill Mountains at the peak of fall color. However, the ski center’s lifts will not be running this weekend as was previously reported.

Music and more
Normally held at DEC’s Belleayre Mountain ski area about nine miles away, DURR has worked with DEC to supply support for the festival. Belleayre Mountain representatives will also be on-site to provide information about tickets for the upcoming ski season. Belleayre will have a tent where they will again be selling the popular $99 four-pack of lift tickets, season passes, snowsports programs, and much more.
Live music will be provided by local favorites Blues Maneuvers on Saturday and the rock band Detour on Sunday.
For those that remain upset over the Belleayre Fall festival being moved to Arkville, Councilman Rob Stanley and a couple of Pine Hill business folks have set up a mini festival in that hamlet. Stanley recently complained that moving the festival out of the town and the county would harm Shandaken and threatened to set up something that would catch visitors before they went westward to Arkville.
Now he says that the activities in Pine Hill are only meant to compliment the larger festival. Look for live music and an Oktoberfest atmosphere starting Friday night at both the Pine Hill Arms and the Colonial Inn and there might be some special events at the Pine Hill Community Center as well.