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Two-day Autumnfest features craft, flea and farmers market vendors

SANBORN – Set amidst blazing orange pumpkins and shocks of dried cornstalks, Autumnfest is planned for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday at Sanborn Lewiston Farm Museum, 2660 Saunders Settlement Road.

More than 35 craft, flea and farmers market vendors are expected to participate both days, both inside and outside the facilities, according to Bonnie Haskell, museum curator.

Hosted by the Sanborn Business and Professional Association, the event will offer food, music and activities, as well. A huge basket auction is planned for a tent on the museum grounds, with the drawing set for 4 p.m. Sunday.

Haskell said children’s activities are planned for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and a petting zoo is a new feature this year.

Vendors will offer a cornucopia of products for sale, including antiques, jewelry and purses, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables.

“We’re also going to offer a hayride on our people-mover, which will take people around the farm and we’ll decorate with scarecrows and such for a little something extra this year,” said Haskell.

The business association will sell hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage at its outdoor venue, while the Sanborn Area Historical Society serves up meatball subs, chili, peach shortcake and rootbeer floats from the inside kitchen.

Singer and guitarist Joe Weber will entertain from 2 to 4 Saturday.

Haskell said that while the inside vendor spots are nearly gone, there are plenty of spots open outside.

“Vendors can drive up the day of the event and we’ll find room for them,” she said. “It’s $30 for a 20-foot by 25-foot spot.”

Items for the basket auction also may be donated through Friday, she added.

This event is a big fundraiser for the Sanborn Area Historical Society and Haskell said proceeds help defray the cost of the society’s Christmas at the Farm event in December, where every child who visits Santa receives a gift.

“This is our thank-you to the community,” she said.

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