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Organizers of the third annual Rock 'N' Oldies Weekend are hoping a stampede of mature amateur and professional entertainers will register before Friday's deadline for a talent show competition set to kick off Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Gazebo in front of Town Hall.

"Right now we have mostly amateur children signed up to sing," said Lisa Jessey of the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the festival that begins Friday and runs through Sunday night.

While many adults are expected to throng to the village's taverns for 13 featured rock 'n' roll bands, Mrs. Jessey said old-timers should not rule out entering the talent contest in either the amateur or professional categories.

The field is wide open because only wedding singer Liz Boberg has signed up to compete, as an amateur, Mrs. Jessey added. Mrs. Boberg will sing "Blue Moon" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."

Those who can sing, dance or perform any sort of talent should call the Chamber at 699-5046 or 1-800-349-9099.

Those who want to learn swing dancing and then compete with a partner to the music of the band Happy Days should come to the Washington Street parking lot behind Balloons from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The classic auto show, featuring more than 250 cars on display around the village, is also scheduled Sunday throughout the day and is expected to draw the most spectators, judging by calls coming in at the chamber's offices.

Registration for the vintage autos will be held at the Gazebo from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday for a $12 fee.

Mrs. Jessey said entrants are also needed to spice up the old-fashioned Apple Pie Bake-off, one of the festival's other highlights that has been promoted since Sept. 1 by veteran disc jockey Danny Neaverth on the Buffalo radio station Oldies 104. Neaverth has also collected recipes for an Apple Pie Cookbook.

The bake-off will begin Saturday at 3 p.m. at the gazebo. Pies that have not already been entered should be brought to the gazebo for judging at that time.

Neither winners nor losers will be auctioned or sold, but spectators will not be discouraged from purchasing the pies from their creators after the contest, Mrs. Jessey said.

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