LEWISTON – A family favorite fall event, the 19th Annual Lewiston Country Fair, will return to the village on Saturday at the Lewiston Red Brick School, 145 N. Fourth St. The event is sponsored by the Village of Lewiston Recreation Department with the help of the Lewiston Garden Club.
In addition, there will be a Community Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of Red Brick School. Tables are open to the public.
“It’s definitely 100 percent kids and family-centered,” said Lewiston Recreation Director Brendan McDermott.
The fair celebrates the bounty of fall and the beauty of Lewiston, with contests for the best vegetables and flowers, as well as baking, photography and even a scarecrow contest. There also will be a craft contest.
Registration for the competitions will begin at 8:45 a.m. and will end at 10 a.m. Judging will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Registration and category forms can be obtained at the Village Offices, the Recreation Center in the Red Brick School or online at www.villageoflewiston.net.
Vegetables will be judged in many different divisions, including large pumpkins. Flowers to be judged will be based on those blooming in September as well as dried arrangements and houseplants. All vegetables and flowers must have been grown by the entrant.
Amateur bakers will compete in cake, pie, cookie and miscellaneous competitions. All recipes must be from scratch. Ingredients must be listed and cannot include items such as instant pudding, cake mixes, etc. Again this year there will be relish and jam competitions.
This category includes pickles, salsa and relishes, jams and preserves. Ingredients must be listed and must be made from scratch.
Families and individuals are invited to submit a scarecrow entry in the “Avenue of Scarecrows.” Ribbons will be given in various divisions and a Best of Show ribbon will be awarded to the best scarecrow. Each entrant must supply his or her own scarecrow.
For the craft competition the categories will be wood, printing, painting, wreaths, crafts, needlework/sewing, (no clothing, unless part of another craft such as beading or quilting), crochet/knitting, quilts, and miscellaneous.
There will be a photography competition, as well. Amateur photographers are urged to submit photos in one of four categories: nature, people, landscape, and photos of Lewiston. A special prize will be awarded to the Lewiston category winner. Photos can be in color or black and white. All photos are to be at least 5” x 7” and must be matted or framed. Only two photos can be submitted for each of the categories.
New this year is the Village Photo Guessing Contest. The contest allows participants to test their knowledge of Lewiston by viewing a partial picture of a Lewiston landmark and guessing its location. The photos were taken by Mike and Nicole Stuart, the owners of Stu Stu Studio on Center Street. The pictures will be available for viewing on the Village of Lewiston Recreation Department’s Facebook page and also at the fair in a clothesline show located inside the Red Brick Gym from 11 am. to 3 p.m.
Contestants may submit their answers for a chance to win a gift card to a local establishment. Contestants with the correct answers will be placed in a raffle, with winners drawn randomly. The Recreation Department will be releasing several photos a day the week leading up to the event, starting on Monday.
The Country Fair will host its Community Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Red Brick School. The yard sale is open to the public. The cost is $12 for a 10 by 10 foot space or $15 after Tuesday. Reserve a space by calling 754-1990 or fill out an application in the Village Clerk’s Office at 145 N. 4th St. in Lewiston or online at www.villageoflewiston.net
The Lewiston Junior Garden Club will host a “Make Your Own Arrangement” event from 11:30 a.m. until supplies run out. Both children and adults are invited to participate in this free event.
There also will be a petting zoo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a bounce house from noon to 2 p.m., as well as free popcorn, drinks and balloons. Country music will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Country Fair will be held rain or shine, with as many events moving inside as possible in inclement weather. It is open to both residents and non-residents.