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Autumnfest is a new take on an old tradition

SANBORN – “Autumnfest,” a new event slated for this weekend, will feature music, raffles, vendors, tasty food and more.

It will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Sanborn-Lewiston Farm Museum, 2660 Saunders Settlement Road.

Kids will enjoy the Niagara River Anglers Association Fish Pond, as well as a paint-a-pumpkin table and craft area. The River Dogs will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, while Colt 45 takes the stage at the same time Sunday.

The Sanborn Volunteer Fire Company will do fire safety demonstrations for Fire Prevention Week, and a basket auction and raffle will be offered both days, with winners announced at 4 p.m. Sunday. There also will be a raffle for a flat-screen television.

Also, Schulze Vineyards and Winery, and Niagara Landing Wine Cellars will offer wine tastings; there will be a flea market, craft show and farmers’ market; a vendor show inside the museum’s new building will offer everything from antiques to spices and lotions; the Sanborn Historical Society will be using its new kitchen to create chili, roast beef, pie and peach shortcake; and visitors can view the museum’s many displays.

Hartland Carriages will offer free hayrides around the property from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday only.

Hosts for this event are the Sanborn Business and Professional Association, Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, Sanborn Historical Society and the Town of Lewiston. The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and KeyBank are also sponsors.

This event represents a new format and a new location for the Historical Society’s longtime fundraiser known as “Winetique,” which had traditionally been held each fall at the Sanborn Fire Hall.

Bonnie Haskell, the museum’s assistant curator and president of the business association, said the change in venue and scope will help accommodate larger crowds.

“Our vendors really wanted a two-day show, which we couldn’t have at the fire hall, and we have 57 acres here and buildings for this new event.”

Profits from this fundraiser go directly to help fund a Christmas event, which attracted 200 children in its debut last December. During the “Christmas at the Farm” event, every child visits Santa and receives a small gift, and the grounds and buildings are decorated for the holidays. The Historical Society is planning the event for Dec. 14-15 at the farm museum.

“It looks like a wonderland,” Haskell said.