The Great Chatham Bake-Off 

Bake-Off Contest rules and regulations

There are two categories for judging- one for kids (under 16) and one for adults. You do not need to be a Chatham resident.

  • You must be an amateur (home baker).
  • There will be awards for the following categories (with each age group)-
    • Cakes and Cupcakes
    • Pies
    • Cookies
    • Other
  • You may sign up in advance – and if you do, we will remind you as the event approaches. Is it not mandatory that you sign up in advance, but submissions must be brought to the tent on July 8th by 12:00 noon. Judging will happen at 12:15pm and winners will be announced at 2:00pm. Submission must be labeled with your full name and phone number.
  • Baked goods must have at least 5 servings, so that the judges can each taste the entry.
  • Contestants are to drop off their entries between 11:00-11:30am at Berkshire Bank, 52 Main Street.
  • Entries will be based on taste, appearance, and consistency. There will be 1st place awardsfor each category and also a “fan favorite” where the community votes based on appearance.
Register for the Great Chatham Bake-Off

Pie Eating Contest

Pie-eating contest rules and regulations

Saturday, July 8
Begins at noon

To be held in front of Main Street Goodness, 20 Main Street.

There will be two contests – one for kids up to age 16 and one for adults 17 and older.

Please sign up with your name, email, and age group. Delicious pies will be provided by our own Pieconic, and please note that flavors may not be determined until day of, so if you have any allergies or intolerances, please keep that in mind. This contest is messy, so please wear clothes that you can get pie on!

The contest will be to see who can finish their pie first, without using their hands (which will be tied behind your back).

Register for the Pie Eating Contest

Chatham’s Summerfest is Back and Better Than Ever

On Saturday, July 8th, Chatham welcomes back Summerfest, a fun summer festival for all ages on the village’s charming Main Street. Presented by Metzwood Insurance, this year’s festival runs from 11:00-4:00 and boasts live music, an incredible list of vendors, and lots of activities.


Summerfest’s two main stages are located at either end of the festival- one at Chatham Brewery at 59 Main Street (hosting Rich Hallenbeck’s new band, The Landing Party from 1:00-3:00) and the other at Yanni’s Restaurant at 29 Hudson Avenue (hosting Joe Adee and The Lugnuts from 1:00-4:00). In addition, The Garage at Chatham, an arts series here in the village will bring a first-class strings performance to the festival.


A pie-eating contest (one for adults and one for the under-16 set), sponsored by Chatham’s own Pieconic, promises to be lots of messy fun, and the village invites all anyone and everyone (of all levels and ages) to show off their baking skills and compete for the blue ribbon in The Great Chatham Bake-Off.

Entertainment for Kids

There will lots of entertainment for the kids- miniature horses from the High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding Center, a strolling magician, tie-dying at Off the Rails, children’s games from the 1800’s and a scavenger hunt, courtesy of the Columbia County Historical Society, a prize wheel with the Chatham Area Girl Scouts, and stage action class and theater games from Zoe Wohlfeld of The Rooted Voyagers. The historic Crandell Theater will have two free events for all ages- the movie Annie will be shown at 1:00pm and the Columbia County Youth Theater will put on a free performance of Could You Hug a Cactus, a musical for all ages, at the Crandell at 11:00am. And Summerfest wouldn’t be complete without a fire engine for the young kids to check out.

Come hungry, because the local restaurants Bimi’s Cheese Shop, Chatham Brewery, Napoli Pizza and Cucina (who will be serving pizza on their patio), Chatham Grill (who will have a margarita tent outside), and Fiesta Café, will be open during the festival. Or stay and have drinks or dinner in the village afterwards, at Blue Plate, People’s Pub, or the newly opened Bimi’s Canteen & Bar. And it wouldn’t be a festival without “fair food”, so we’ll have plenty of food trucks, including mini doughnuts from Adirondack Kettle Corn, the Chuckwagon, Pixie Floss Cotton Candy, and The Hungry Traveler.

Please note: Attendees wishing to join in the pie-eating contest or The Great Chatham Bake Off, please sign up in advance.

SummerFest Vendor Application is now online

Chatham’s annual SummerFest event will take place on Saturday, July 8, 2023. Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic, making it a true small-town festival. Highlights included food, sales and entertainment.

Vendor Fee is $100 for a 12×12 space.

Deadline for Applications is June 1st/First Come First Serve if there are any spots left after June 1st the vendor fee will be $125.  We will have limited spots, all will be on Main Street.


We are unable to offer any electricity at this event.

General Guidelines

  1. The event will be held on July 8, 2023 from 11:00am-4:00pm. All booth space is located outdoors and vendors should be prepared to bring tents/canopies with weights in case of inclement weather. Set up time will be 8:30am-10:30 with all vehicles off the street by 10:30am. You will be contacted prior to the event with your vendor and parking locations.
  2. There is a no rain date and no refunds given in case of bad weather.
  3. Vendors are responsible for their own tents, tables, chairs, generators and for cleaning up their booth area.
  4. Excess inventory must be kept out of view and booth area kept neat, clean and orderly.
  5. This is a first come/first serve event and the spaces are limited, the Summerfest Committee reserves the right to refuse any vendor space at the event, as well as prohibit the sale of any item/items for any reason whatsoever.
  6. All vendors must remain open till the end of the event at 4:00pm. All vehicles must be off the street by 5:00pm.

Food Service

Food vendors will be required to provide thier own trash receptacles, maintain their cleanliness and remove the waste from the vent. You are required to have the necessary licensing required by the State of New York and Columbia County.

If you should have any questions regarding licensing you may contact: Department of Agriculture and Markets (518)457-8835 and/or Coulumbia County Department of Health (518)828-3358.

Call for Vendors – Chatham Summerfest 2017

Chatham Summerfest
Photo by David Eustace

Chatham’s 41st Annual Summerfest will take place on Saturday, July 8 from 10am-4pm. Chatham Summerfest is a street fair that regularly draws hundreds of visitors and showcases many varied local organizations as well as performers, artists, and vendors. All events are free and will take place along Main Street, Park Row, and Hudson Avenue.

In addition to the popular sidewalk sale and Artisan Faire, three stages throughout the village will accommodate a variety of entertainers. CABA is looking for Vendors and Entertainment for the event. If you would like to participate please, download the vendor application or email questions to .

The Chatham Area Business & Arts (CABA) Organization will organize this event. CABA is a coalition of individuals, businesses and organizations that work to promote the Chatham, New York region as a vibrant, positive environment for shopping, dining, enjoying the arts and conducting business.

SummerFest 2016 A Success!

summerfestsquareThank you to everyone who helped plan SummerFest 2016! We are so pleased the weather cooperated as well as it did. Thank you also to the hundreds of people who attended. And finally, thank you to everyone who participated – all our vendors and entertainers. The event would not have been possible without you all.

Visit our Facebook page and let us know what you thought, how we can make it better even next year. Also, be sure to check out our photo album from the event.

CABA Announces 2016 Chatham SummerFest Entertainment Schedule

summerfestsquareThe Chatham Area Business Alliance hosts Chatham SummerFest Saturday, July 9 from 10am-4pm. In celebration of its 40th year, organizers have planned the biggest and most exciting SummerFest yet. In addition to the popular village-wide sidewalk sale and Artisan Faire, more than 60 food and merchandise vendors and not-for profits organizations will be set up along Main Street, Park Row, and Hudson Avenue. Topping it all off will two stages of entertainment, one on each end of town.

Free Entertainment will include:

11am-Noon Magician Jim Snack
Renowned magician and master of sleight-of-hand Jim Snack will perform on the Spotlight Stage, located outside Chatham Brewing.

Noon-12:30pm Big Head Parade
This uniquely Chatham event features a parade of individuals wearing giant handmade papier-mâché heads that cover most of their body. In addition to the heads will be adults and kids in festive costume, musicians, floats and other surprises. All are welcome to march or watch. The parade kicks off from the Morris Memorial.

12:30-1:00pm “Three Billy Goats Gruff” in the Crandell Theatre
“Three Billy Goats Gruff” is a reworking of the classic children’s tale performed by The Columbia County Youth Theatre, directed by Edgar Acevedo, with musical arrangements by Paul Wyatt. This will be the first time that there has been a live performance on the Crandell Theatre stage since the early 1950s.

1:00-2:00pm So Percussion
This internationally-acclaimed, Brooklyn-based, modern percussion quartet will perform on the Spotlight Stage, located outside Chatham Brewing. Champions of innovation and curiosity, they produce original music, as well as collaborate with others, and are well known for using original and exotic instruments including the glockenspiel, bowed marimba, aluminum pipes and an amplified cactus.

2:00-4:00pm Rich Hallenbeck and Friends music jam
Will be performing on the Spotlight Stage, located outside Chatham Brewing.

Throughout the day Mac-Hadyn Theatre will perform in the village

For more information, please visit the website If you are interested in volunteering to help this community event, please contact Suzanne Knights at (518) 369-0541 or .

Chatham SummerFest will take place on Main Street, Park Row and Hudson Avenue. The street fair regularly draws hundreds of visitors and showcases many varied local organizations as well as performers, artists, and vendors. The Chatham Area Business Alliance (CABA), a coalition of individuals, businesses and organizations, works to promote the Chatham, New York region as a vibrant, positive environment for shopping, dining, enjoying the arts and conducting business.

40th Annual Chatham SummerFest to be held Saturday, July 9

summerfestsquarePlease join us in our celebration of Chatham SummerFest’s 40th anniversary Saturday, July 9th, 2016 from 10am to 4pm. The event will take place on Main Street, Park Row, and Hudson Avenue in Chatham.

Chatham NY has always been one of the most architecturally beautiful towns in Columbia County. Each summer Main Street, Park Row and Hudson Avenue turn into a lively ‘food, shopping and music’ festival and this year we hope to make it our best yet. We think that 40 years is a very big deal so we plan to make it a great event.

There will be live entertainment on two stages and the streets will be lined with over 70 artisan vendors such as woodcrafters, jewelry makers, textile artists, makers of apothecary products and more. We’re sure there will be a little something for everyone. And we’ll have farm animals and face painting for the kids.

Between the food trucks and our town’s great cafes, restaurants and brewery you’ll have lots of good eats to choose from such as Mexican, East Indian, and great American classics. Chatham is fast becoming a serious FOOD town!

“SummerFest is an event for people of all ages. There’s lots of socializing with good food and fun. My favorite part of SummerFest is the parade which anyone can jump into and march along with!” – Tom Curran, mayor of Chatham

“This year’s SummerFest should be better than ever. There is a great group spearheading it and there will lots of new vendors and merchants introducing themselves.” – Rita Van Alstyne, owner of R.H. Van Alstyne Fine Jewelry

We can’t wait to kick-off summer and celebrate this special anniversary with you all. Hope to see you all at SummerFest 2016.