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Pancake breakfast to kick off farm fest

SANBORN – What’s a farm festival without a hearty breakfast? The 12th annual Sanborn Farm Museum Festival kicks off with a pancake breakfast Saturday and a French toast breakfast next Sunday, both held 8 to 11 a.m.

The event is planned for the farm museum site, 2660 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Festival admission is free and the breakfast charge is $8 for adults, children 4 and under are free, and a family meal deal is available.

New this year are free horse-drawn wagon rides, available throughout the weekend. The popular tractor parades are back, as well as performances by the Native American Niagara River Dancers.

The event also offers a flea market, craft show and artisans booths, antique tractor displays, a baked goods sale, classic car cruise, a basket auction, produce vendors, live music, children’s activities and farm museum exhibits.

Opening ceremonies are slated for 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by horse-drawn wagon rides from 11 to 6 p.m. The Niagara River Dancers perform from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Kids activities and the G-gauge model train exhibit will be available inside Townsend Hall from noon to 3 p.m. A fife and drum corps performs from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., walking the grounds, while the Symmetrical Band performs from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The tractor parade starts at 2 p.m. Eddie’s Organ Band performs from 3 to 6 p.m.

Horse-drawn wagon rides continue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, following the breakfast. The Niagara River Dancers perform from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Misguided Lemons, a band comprised of high school musicians, will perform from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. The tractor parade will be at 1 p.m. Festivalgoers will be able to make their own sundaes at 1 p.m. Kids activities and the G-gauge model train set-up will be available from noon to 3 p.m. The Sanborn Fire Company Band performs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and basket auction winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

Also new this year, the Little Bits 4-H Club will bring its miniature ponies to the festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and offer a children’s activity booth.

This is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Sanborn Area Historical Society. Funds raised will go toward the renovation of the latest building to arrive on the museum grounds, an 1840s Methodist Church later used by the American Legion Post, which sold the building to the museum for a dollar.

The festival is sponsored by the Arts Service Initiative of Western New York, the state Council on the Arts, Grigg-Lewis Foundation, Niagara River Region Chamber, Sanborn Old General Store, William Davis Insurance, Modern Corp., Rhoney Funeral Homes, Wheatfield Pediatrics, Hoover’s Dairy, Collucci Funeral Home, Joe Cecconi Chrysler and Orleans Monuments.

The society is still accepting basket auction donations by calling Haskell at 990-6909.

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