Horseshoe Festival on July 25 in Hobart

By Celin Schoen
The Hobart Horseshoe Festival, scheduled this year for July 25 at the Hobart Community Center and surrounding grounds, has become a fixed event, one which vendors and visitors alike anticipate eagerly.
Eight years ago, when members of the Hobart Civic Association were considering holding a festival to bring visitors to the village, they did not have to go far to find an image.  Originally known as Waterville because of the five mills on the West Branch of the Delaware River, the small village had another claim to fame: it is possibly the home of the first cut-nail factory in the nation.
Although this has not yet been proven, and no evidence of the factory on Town Brook remains, Foote More’s foundry turned out those square nails which were essential to nearly everyone in the post-Revolutionary War days when Hobart was founded.  They were essential because all traffic was based on the use of horses, oxen, and other four-footed beasts, and they used those U-shaped “shoes” to prevent damage to their feet.
The importance of horseshoes, and horseshoe nails, goes back centuries.
This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, July 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Entertainment includes the Schoharie County Cloggers, who will perform at noon and at 2 p.m., the Mountain Martial Arts of Stamford at 1 p.m., and Harmony Street DooWop Shop, at 3 p.m.