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APPLEUMPKIN FESTIVAL SHINES THROUGH

Rainy weather did not keep several thousand people from visiting the annual AppleUmpkin Festival, the Village of Wyoming's biggest weekend event.

More than 300 vendors were sprinkled throughout the historic village, which has 70 homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The festival also featured about 18 bands, which performed Saturday and Sunday.

"You're trying to dodge the rain and have a nice weekend," said Dave Cutitta of Batavia, a coin and antiques dealer.

He stayed dry inside Village Hall, where an antique show and pancake breakfast was held Sunday morning.

"We got a lot of rain," Cutitta said Sunday morning. "It hurt some. So hopefully today will be better. I'm sure it will be."

The sun briefly peeked out of the clouds Sunday morning, while busloads of people were brought to the festival -- which has been run annually since 1986 -- from parking areas outside the village, such as at Wyoming Central School on Route 19.

Tammy Falkner, festival vending coordinator, said AppleUmpkin attendance started picking up Saturday afternoon. She did not have exact figures about how many people visited the festival.

"It was a wonderful buying crowd for the weather conditions," Falkner said.

She said proceeds from the festival help various church and community groups in Wyoming and the Town of Middlebury.

Falkner added that festival proceeds also have helped to improve the Village Park on Main Street.

She said proceeds from this year's festival will be used to reseed grass at the park.

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