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CRAFT AND PUMPKIN FESTIVAL KICKS OFF WITH ITS FIRST GHOST WALK

The ninth annual Crafts Extravaganza & Pumpkin Festival, which boasts the area's largest juried craft show, gets under way tonight with a new twist, in keeping with the season.

Participants in the festival's first Olean Ghost Walk will meet tonight at 6 p.m. at the Mount View Cemetery on South Union Street, where members of the Twin Tier Civil War Roundtable will lead the cemetery tour and talk about Olean's early settlers.

Another new event for the festival is for adults -- the Haunted Halloween Costume Walk. Costumes will be judged at Angee's Granny's and Images between 8:30 p.m. and midnight on Saturday. Contestants must register in advance at participating locations throughout the city. Categories are for scariest, most creative and best duo.

The craft show and silent auction opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday in the Olean Armory on the corner of Times Square and North Barry Street. Featured on display until 5 p.m. each day are woodworking, sewing, ceramics, dried flowers, wreaths and other items. Silent-auction bids will close at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $1 but those bringing a carved pumpkin to Lincoln Park between noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday will be admitted free. The pumpkins will be entered in Sunday's judging of the Carved Pumpkin Contest. Categories are for largest, smallest and oddest shape.

The Jamestown Community College Cheerleaders will sell pumpkins and baked goods at Lincoln Park to raise money for uniforms.

The last Farmer's Market of the season will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the JCC parking lot on North Barry Street.

The festival is sponsored by Greater Olean Inc., Olean Chamber of Commerce, and WHDL-WPIG. All proceeds will benefit the upkeep and maintenance of Santa Clause Lane, Olean's downtown holiday display.

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