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Tully Council for the Arts Fall Fest

2010 November 9

By: Joe Ralbovsky, Intern with the Clean Air Markets Division

Each year, a sleepy town south of Syracuse, NY gets together to celebrate the arts, culture and changing of the seasons at the Annual Tully Fall Festival. Scheduled for Halloween weekend, the festival brings together people from all walks of life. Artists, dancers, story tellers, pastry chefs and trick-or-treaters all participate in the multitude of activities designed and run by Tully Council for the Arts.


Sign advertising the Great Tully Bake Off at the Fall Fest
Sign advertising the Great Tully Bake Off at the Fall Fest

Held at and around the local Elementary school, craft vendors and face painters call out to children and parents to sell decorations, food or a fresh coat of face paint. Hay-rides, pumpkin carving contests, art walks, bake-offs and musical performances fill the day’s itinerary as kids and adults partake in the many free and low cost activities. As a grand finale, dozens of dancers dressed as zombies (and one Michael Jackson) take to the Elementary school yard to perform an authentic rendition of ‘Thriller’ under the lights.

Quaint and localized as this Fall Fest might seem, town residents aren’t the only ones enjoying the celebration. Tully is known for its colorful fall foliage and each year, hundreds of out-of-towners flock to the valley community to observe, walk through or take pictures of the bright yellows, oranges and reds that bespangle the low lying mountains bordering the town. As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA), it’s important to remember those aspects of fall that have been preserved, if not improved through the regulation of emissions under the CAAA.

Provisions within the CAAA have helped reduce acid-rain emissions over the past twenty years, contributing not only to a healthier bloom of fall foliage, but to better air and water quality throughout the Eastern United States as a whole.

This fall, as you admire a vibrant tree or drink in a scenic view, take a moment to think about the years of work, challenges and progress made by the individuals dedicated to eliminating acid rain and protecting both our vibrant landscapes and communities.

To learn more about the improved air and water quality under the Acid Rain Program, visit

For more information about Tully’s Fall Fest, visit


Joe Ralbovsky is a Syracuse University student spending this semester in DC. He’s interning with EPA’s CAMD and taking classes through SU. His favorite fall activities are eating and trick-or-treating.

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  1. November 9, 2010

    Cheers! Many congrats to the EPA on the anniversary of the CAAA – I really do love the fall colors up here in Syracuse…thanks for preserving and cleaning up that cool, crisp fall air!

  2. Christa Neumann permalink
    November 10, 2010

    Having grown up in the shadow of Smith Corona in nearby Cortland, I can really appreciate the improvement in the health of the gorgeous mountain foliage of Tully, truly one of the prettiest places in the United States, especially in fall. The pollution that resulted from the industry of the area shocked me when I read a report a dozen or more years ago about what the seemingly-clear air contained. I am grateful to the EPA for working hard in the face of some real stupidity to ensure clean air and water. This was an excellent article and it made me sorry to have missed this festival. I will be certain to go next year. Keep up the great work!

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