If you followed last season's breakout hit series "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" on Planet Green, then you're probably already familiar with the town of Sharon Springs.
The upstate New York town with a population of just less than 600 people is the setting for the Beekman Farm — where Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell began the farming adventure that eventually led to their own reality series.
In season one of the show, we saw Brent throw together the first-ever Harvest Festival in Sharon Springs; an effort to draw attention to locally produced goods and food. The event, which also featured a sustainable dinner, was largely a success — but add a little free television promotion to the mix and you have what went down during last weekend's second annual Harvest Festival.
According to early estimates, more than 5,000 people traveled to Sharon Springs to browse dozens of vendors, check out crafts, clothing, food and, of course, meet the fabulous Beekman boys. Even Rosie O'Donnell showed up to sample the goods — along with camera crews from Planet Green filming for season two of "Beekman."
And to give an example of the fame that television can garner, reports say that hotels in town were booked for months in anticipation of this weekend — along with massive lines to meet Josh and Brett or purchase their homemade soaps and cheese. Even a tour of several farms around Sharon Springs (including the Beekman farm) quickly sold out in advance.
"Just wanted to say thank you for what you’ve been able to do for the local economy, and bringing attention to local, organic, home-grown goodness," wrote one commenter on the Beekman1802 site. "You two must be exhausted!"
We'll see in season two just how this weekend went down behind the scenes. No doubt, there will be that same infused drama between Brett and Josh that makes watching these two city slickers turned country mice all the more enjoyable.
Oh yeah — and if you're interested in attending next year's Harvest Festival, I'd recommend booking your room now. Something tells me that Sharon Springs is just warming up to the national spotlight.