March 28, 2013

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Organizers take wraps off Bagel Festival

Siegel: not "local-yokel"

MONTICELLO – Sullivan County’s tourism past is synonymous with the bagel and everything else to “nosh,” and organizers of the first annual Bagel Festival this summer plan to draw thousands of visitors.

Having Monticello named “The Bagel Capital” was the brainchild of publicist Jeffrey Siegel who outlined plans for the August 16 and 17 events on Wednesday.

There will be a parade, food and craft vendors, a bagel triathlon, and, of course, bagels – the everything bagel, bagel dogs, pretzel bagels, bagels with “schmear,” the making of the world’s longest bagel chain, and a giant peace sign bagel since the weekend will coincide with the anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival in nearby Bethel.

Siegel said the weekend will be a national event.

“It’s not a local-yokel parade; it’s not a local-yokel contest, it is a national event and people are responding to this event from all over the United States, from College Station, Texas, from Los Angeles, California, from New York City, from Long Island”, said Siegel.   “I have people from Florida who want to come up and be vendors for the Bagel Festival.”

County Legislature Chairman Scott Samuelson, left, and Partnership
for Economic Development President Allan Scott, center,
among those cheering the event

Thompson Town Supervisor Anthony Cellini is excited about the event.

“It can really be a boost to our economy here in Sullivan County,” Cellini said.

The longest bagel chain effort will seek to make the record books with Ripley’s and the Guinness World Book of Records.

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