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1. Oink Fest has never smelled so sweet. Find out for yourself this weekend on the grounds of the Great Pumpkin Farm's Fall Fest on Main Street in Clarence.

Starting at 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, barbecue like there's no tamale. And, while you slurp up that barbecue, the kids can have fun, too, with pumpkins and rides and games.

Admission to Oink Fest: $3 Friday and $5 Saturday and Sunday. Call 759-6300, Ext. 211, for more information.

2. Happy anniversary, French and Indian War! (It doesn't seems like 250 years.)

At 2 p.m. Saturday, watch as two tall ships, the brigantines "Playfair" and "Pathfinder" out of Toronto, arrive at the U.S. Coast Guard station at Old Fort Niagara.

Visitors to the fort will be able to watch all the action, not to mention military drills, engineering feats, and (sit down) a skirmish demonstration.

For a complete event listing, call 745-7611 or visit online www.oldfortniagara.org.

Find the fort in Youngstown, 14 miles north of Niagara Falls via the Robert Moses Parkway North. Admission: $8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $5 children ages 6 to 12.

P.S. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, the tall ships will be on display at the Youngstown Yacht Club.

3. Too much excitement? Then zone out Saturday at the Knox Park Fiber Festival for a different spin on things.

View a gallery of spinning wheels! Watch demonstrations of spinning wool and pet hair. Then listen to the story of silk or go visit a llama.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Knox Farm State Park, 437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora.

For a complete listing of classes (some for children, too!), call 655-7200 or online visit www.geocities.com/knoxfarmfiber. Admission: $4 over age 8.

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