"Fall" in love with the Niagara River Region
One of the River Region's favorite fall festivals of the year will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, and Sunday, Sept. 27, along Center Street in the Village of Lewiston. The annual Lewiston Harvest Festival, now in it's 32nd year, is free and open to the public. More than 115 vendors will showcase artwork, jewelry, woodwork, candles and handmade crafts throughout the weekend.
A variety of food vendors can be found along the craft show route on Center Street. Specialty boutiques, retail shops and local restaurants also will be open, adding to the charm of the village's festival atmosphere. The farmers market, located on South Fifth and Center streets, will include a variety of fall harvest produce favorites, wine, fresh cider, hardy mums, fresh honey and more.
On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., entertainment in the Peace Garden will feature the "Earth Voices of the Great Spirit" Native American program, hosted by the Lewiston Council on the Arts. The Hot Country Line Dancers will perform at 1:30 p.m. in the KeyBank parking lot. The Hennepin Park Gazebo entertainment includes the Niagara Fiddlers Club at noon and local musician and Lewiston Music owner Tony Petrocelli from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Sunday entertainment includes Joe Webber from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Judd Sunshine Duo from 2-4 p.m. on the Frontier House stage, and a Lewiston Music Showcase from noon to 4 p.m. at the Hennepin Park Gazebo.
Sponsors for this year's festival include Hardison Funeral Homes, Elderwood At Wheatfield, Tedesco Construction Services Inc., The Modern Corporation, Niagara Frontier Publications and Niagara Gazette.
The Lewiston Harvest Festival and Craft Show is the start of the autumn season of events that take place in the Niagara River Region. Additional events include the annual Scarecrow Display along the main streets in the four communities in October, Marble Orchard Ghost Walks through Oct. 24, Autumn Fest in Sanborn Oct. 3-4, Old Fort Niagara's "Haunted Fortress" on Oct. 17 and 24, and "Spooktacular" at the Niagara Power Project Visitors Center on Oct. 24.
For more information on fall events, contact the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce at 754-9500 or visit www.NiagaraRiverRegion.com.
•New this year is the collaboration between the Wildlife Festival and Harvest Festival with a shuttle traveling between the two festivals. The pick-up/drop-off in the Village of Lewiston will be near the Historic Frontier House, and will run continuously to the Niagara Power Authority Visitor Center parking lot. Signage will indicate where the pick-up/drop-off location will be.
The Wildlife Festival also takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next weekend, at the Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road (Route 104). The rain-or-shine, free-admission event offers animals, a kids fishing derby, food and fun activities.
Special guests, fishing legends and stars of "Fishing University," Charlie Ingram and Ray Brazier will make an appearance at 2 p.m. Saturday. Come out and be part of their TV show taping for the Outdoor Channel.