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Besides the banks of the lower Niagara River and the shores of Lake Ontario, Youngstown is known for its spectacular harbor and orchard views.

Next weekend will be a perfect time for a trip to experience Harvest Days, a community celebration of the fall harvest.

"Harvest Days links many organizations and merchants who traditionally celebrate the fall harvest in Youngstown," said Sue MacNaughton, owner of The Dory, a retail clothing shop in the heart of Youngstown's business district.

"Harvest Days gets people involved and working together on an event that benefits the entire community," she said.

The hub of activity is the Village Center, more commonly known as the Red Brick School, where a two-day, indoor antiques show and sale will be held.

"We have vendors from Buffalo and Grand Island," said Gail McCalister, secretary of the Youngstown Recreation Department, which sponsors the show.

"We anticipate a collection of glassware, furniture, jewelry, pottery, collectibles and antique lighting," she said.

Historic fall activities will be featured at Old Fort Niagara.

Traditional harvest chores, including production of soap, quilts, apple butter, sausage and preserved meat will be demonstrated from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Apple and cider tastings will be held at several area farm markets, including Tom Tower's Farm Market on Youngstown-Lockport Road.

"This is an important time for us to share our harvest with people throughout the region," said Tom Tower, farm owner and operator. "We used to have a huge apple festival each year, but the crowds were so big, it prevented us from serving our customers," he said.

This year the market will host a tasting on Sunday that will feature more than 40 different types of apples.

An Antique and Custom Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Faulkner Park.

"We anticipate over 100 antique, custom and foreign cars from the United States and Canada," said Vince Burke, manager of Heritage Auto in Youngstown and chairman of the car show.

"We are giving dash plaques to all entrants," said Burke, and prizes will be awarded in several car categories. "The show will be very festive," Burke said.

Admission to the show is $8 presale and $10 on the day of the event. All proceeds benefit the Youngstown Lions Club.

But the arrival of October means more than just Harvest Days for Patti Schrack, a Youngstown businesswoman. She has organized a gathering and walk to Old Fort Niagara's Historic Hauntings for the past four years.

"I host cocktails and hors d'oeuvres for 20 to 25 of my adult friends, then we walk to the fort for the haunted tour," she said. "It's an annual event for us because we have so much fun. The tour is great; you hear screaming and laughter throughout the fort, and everyone gets caught up in the excitement of the event." This year Ms. Schrack and friends will serve as volunteers for the event as well.

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