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Lafayette – Home Of The Apple Festival

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LaFayette area has long been recognized as one of the primary apple producing regions of Upstate New York. Beautiful rolling hills, and lush landscape make LaFayette is the perfect setting for a magical and fun arts and crafts show, the annual Lafayette Apple Festival celebrating the year by bringing arts, crafts, and of course everything apple!

LaFayette is about 15 minutes south of Syracuse and directly off Route 81. If you like winter sports, you can find skiing, snow boarding, and snow mobiling at many of the local resorts just minutes sout of LaFayette.


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Lafayette, New York

Location

Lafayette is a town in Onondaga County, New York. It is situated in the southern part of the county and south of Syracuse about half way to Tully on Route 81.

History

Formerly, Lafayette was within the former Central New York Military Tract and the first settler arrived in 1797. The tour of Marquis de Lafayette in the United States was highly influential in the formation of this town which consists of parts of the towns of Pompey and Onondaga. The town is named after this French soldier who fought with the American Colonists, during the revolutionary war.

Education

Lafayette School District

Recreation and Parks

A few minutes south, on Route 81, you can exit a Tully and go to the Highlands Forest for some wonderful hiking. As an alternative, you can hop over to Song Mountain or Labrador Mountain for not only great winter sports activities but for many moderate weather activities as well. Just 15 minutes north to Syracuse, and you will find more restaurants than you can count, an abundance of malls, theaters, and sops.

Communities

There are numerous communities near Lafayette such as Tully, Jamesville, Apulia Station, Nedrow, Vesper, and Pompey. In addition you will find dozens of small and charming hamlets nestled amid the very inviting rolling hills.

Festivals

Lafayette is famous for the Apple festival that is held during the month of October. It is a festival that brings together all the communities, friends, artists and non -profit organizations, with the aim of promoting apples and obtains money for future endeavor. Apples harvested from many apple orchards are brought here for exhibition and sale and the celebration is exclusively for apples. Numerous contests are held such as pie contest, scare crow contest, king and queen contest and so on. Various concessions are offered to attract the tourists and the food booth is run by the town’s local civic and non profit organization. All the money collected goes back into the community, its welfare and youth activities. Another festival called Apple Valley Bluegrass festival is celebrated during the month of august.

 


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