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HARVEST FESTIVAL WILL OFFER BOUNTIFUL FARE

Pie bakers, cooks of creature comforts and bakers of down-home victuals will rustle up some honest-to-goodness homemade baked goods for the village's second annual Country Fair, to be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Red Brick School, 145 N. Fourth St.

The village's Harvest Festival also will be held Saturday and next Sunday along Center Street to accompany the fall fete, said Susan F. Knize, a coordinator of the festival, which is sponsored by the Greater Lewiston Business & Professional Association.

Ms. Knize said 60 craft exhibitors will offer a variety of homemade items. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

A farmers market will be held along Fifth Street, which will be closed to traffic. "It goes off rain or shine," said Ms. Knize.

The association also is offering entertainment both days. The Bourbon Street Brass will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, strolling along the street. From 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, a jazz ensemble will perform in the Gazebo on Center Street.

The Kickin' Rhythm Cloggers will provide a diversion at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Key Bank parking lot, 493 Center St.

And Lewiston Fire Company No. 1 will hold a Chiavetta's chicken barbecue at the fire hall, 145 N. Sixth St.

The organizer of the Country Fair said she wants everything made from scratch -- that means no cheating with stuff baked from boxes.

People can also bring in fruits, flowers, bread, pies, cakes, cookies, relishes, salsa and pickles to be judged at Red Brick School. Marianne L. Gittermann, coordinator of the Country Fair, said people can bring in individual flowers or arrangements to be judged.

New this year is a scarecrow contest. She said the categories to be judged include the funniest, scariest, most original, scarecrow of the future and best group of scarecrows.

Mrs. Gittermann said she is bringing in people to exhibit old-time crafts, such as a basket maker, rug maker, chair caner and chair rusher. In addition, tole painters will show how country paintings are done. All of the exhibitors will show their works off from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mrs. Gittermann said there will be pony rides and a petting zoo from noon to 3 p.m.

"All my events are free and open to residents and non-residents," she said.

Mrs. Gittermann said the fair will go on, even if it rains. In that case, it will be held inside the Red Brick School.

"It's a good family-oriented event that we have. . . . Our event is free and it's a good way to have friendly competition," she said.

Mrs. Gittermann challenged chefs in the making to come out and show their stuff. "If you think you're a good cook, then come and prove it."

To register, pick up a form in the village offices in the Old Red Brick School.

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