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Carrot Festival takes the cake

In the morning, bagels, including carrot bagels, will be served.

There will also be entertainment throughout the day.

The headlining act is Flame, which is made up of 11 people with developmental and physical disabilities. The band has released three albums and was featured on the television show "Good Morning America." The band has a song list of more than 100 songs they perform " from classic rock, county and blues music.

Other entertainment includes Klezmer bands that feature youth members of the congregation, Israeli dancers, The Melody Makers and Uncle Joe's Comb.

There are also activities for children, including crafts provided by Niskayuna Price Chopper's Half-Pints, pony rides from 1-3 p.m., the Schenectady Museum, Reptile Adventure, Mad Science, a bouncy bounce, face painting by the 4-H group Wavy Dolphins, mini art classes provided by KidzArt and demonstrations by Drama Kids International.

"The children have a good time; the grown-ups have a good time," said Rose Westheimer, the festival's produce coordinator. "It is a wonderful way to spend a nice fall day."

When the event was first being planned, the organizers didn't realize the significance of it falling on 10/10/10. This lead to the theme being "Give, Give, Give," because the Hebrew word pronounced "ten" translates into English as "give."

There will be a "Giving Ten't" in support of the theme, which will include representatives from nonprofit organizations that give back to the community. Some of the organizations included are Capital Region Friendship Circle, Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York, Planned Parenthood, PRIDE Agenda, Schenectady County Board of Elections and the Sons of Italy Lodge 321.

Ellis Medicine is providing different types of health information including pre-screening checklists.

It isn't uncommon for one of the festival workers to have worked every year since the festival started either.

"We have several people on the committee that have been on the committee for 32 years," said Fink. "It is our synagogue's biggest fundraiser for the year."

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