Category - Statistics & Facts

Food stats and facts

Friday, April 15, 2016 6:37 PM by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

  • The Finger Lakes is the largest wine-producing region in New York State. 
  • Ontario County farmers grow a lot of cabbage for sauerkraut. The village of Phelps is known as the Sauerkraut Capitol of the World and celebrates its history with a popular festival every summer. 
  • It is estimated that nearly 70,000 grape pies, a Finger Lakes specialty, are sold annually in Naples.
  • Milk is the official New York State beverage. 
  • Scientists at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva are responsible for introducing five of the east’s most popular apple varieties: Cortland, Empire, Macoun, Jonagold. 
  • Geneva is known as the "Lake Trout Capital of the World." 
  • Humphrey Bogart used to spend his summer vacations on Canandaigua Lake. 
  • Susan B. Anthony was tried for treason in the Ontario County Courthouse (Canandaigua). The women's rights leader was fined $100 for voting in the 1872 Presidential Election. She refused to pay the fine. 
  • There are ten public golf courses in Ontario County. Bristol Harbour is a Robert Trent Jones course, and Ravenwood (Victor) was selected as the 5th best new public golf course in America in 2004.
  • Myron Clark (of Naples) became the first Republican governor of the State of New York. He was the father of Mary Clark Thompson, founder of Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua.

History stats and facts

Friday, April 15, 2016 6:35 PM by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

  • The Ring of Fire is an annual tradition of lakefront residents who light flares around the western Finger Lakes signifying the end of harvest season and the conclusion of the summer season on the lake. This is reputed to have started with a Native American tradition, but continues today on Canandaigua Lake, Honeoye Lake, and Keuka Lake.
  • During its active time, the Sampson Naval Training Station (on Seneca Lake) was the country's second largest Naval Training Station -- processing 411,429 recruits between October 1942 and August 1945.