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Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival; Tree sitting competition begins

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival; Tree sitting competition begins
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COHOCTON, N.Y. -- Nine people are competing in this year's contest. The rules are simple, the participants sit in an air chair hanging from a tree until Sunday, the person who leaves their chair the least wins.

The festival and the tree sitting contest draws thousands of visitors each year to the area and event organizers say it means a great deal to the community.

"Bragging rights I guess, because we're the only tree sitting competition in the nation. But it does a lot for the local economy," said Tom Cox, festival chairman.

"My goal is to actually get through with this here. I'm really looking forward to winning three hundred dollars for sitting in a tree," said David Lucas, one of the tree sitters.

The festival wraps up Sunday with an antique tractor pull and of course the finale of the tree sitting contest.

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