By Marija Vukcevich
The Tonawanda News
LEWISTON — Lewiston is one of the Top Ten Best Small Towns in America, according to Rand McNally and USA Today, and it’s the first European settlement in Western New York.
The 17th annual Lewiston Country Fair takes place Sept. 14 with the help of the Lewiston Garden Club.
Registration forms are available at the village offices for amateur gardeners, farmers, bakers, photographers and creative children and adults. There will be competition for the best in vegetables and the best in flowers. Vegetables will be judged in many different divisions, and large pumpkins will be welcomed.
Flowers to be judged will be based on those blooming in September as well as dried arrangements and houseplants. Different categories will be included. All vegetables and flowers must have been grown by the entrant.
Amateur bakers will enjoy the cake, pie, cookie and miscellaneous competition. All ingredients must be from scratch. Ingredients must be listed and cannot include items such as instant pudding, cake mixes, etc. Each division will be judged with their individual winners and a Best of Show.
Again this year will be the relish and jams competition. This will include pickles, salsa and relishes, and 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” with Best of Show given to the winner. Each entrant must supply his or her own scarecrow.
Again this year will be the photography competition. All amateur photographers are urged to submit their photo in one of four categories: nature, people, landscape and photos of Lewiston.
New this year is a photography contest which is based on the Village of Lewiston. A special prize will be awarded to the Lewiston category winner. Photos must be taken this year and must feature the Village of Lewiston.
Photos can be in color or black and white. All photos are to be at least 5 by 7 inches and must be matted or framed. One photo entry per photographer can be entered for the Village of Lewiston category.
Applications can be found on the Village of Lewiston’s web site at www.villageoflewiston.net.
There will be competition in the craft category. The Recreation Department is inviting all to bring in their crafts to be judged. The categories include painting, wood, woodcarving and American Indian beading, as well as card making, rubber stamps, scrapbook, needlework, quilts, sewing, decorative wreaths and collages.
Application forms for the vegetable, flower, food, photography, craft and scarecrow judging are available at the Village of Lewiston Clerk’s office and Recreation Department, or one may call 754-1990.
To enhance the quality of that more genteel era, the duality between the old-fashioned and the modern comes to life with the entertainment planned. A Step in Time, The Niagara Frontier Fiddle Club and Another Thyme will perform at the fair.
The Lewiston Junior Garden Club will have a “Make Your Own Arrangement” at this family gathering gala, until free supplies are depleted.
Frolicking grandchildren will enjoy the petting zoo and the Bounce-n-Around, and all events are free and open to residents and non-residents.
Old-world glamour will be highlighted, and with the help of the Historic Association of Lewiston, postcards of that era will depict life in the Village, in this fourth Clothesline Show of our historic past.
To encourage visitors to make a foray to the historic Red Brick venue, a place of communion, rejuvenation and tradition, the community yard sale on the grounds will continue the allure of celebrating 17 years of celebrating this seasonal pleasure. Participants can rent a space for the day to sell yard sale items. Recycling prevails in this new century, and it goes to show that no matter how much people yearn for the next big thing, the good old Country Fair hasn’t worn out its welcome quite yet. If you are interested in obtaining a space, please call 754-1990 or fill out an application at the clerk’s office.
Save your memories, stories and songs, and let the rays of the orange sunset of September brighten your presence at the 17th Annual Lewiston Country Fair.
This month, all across the country, children are leaving summer behind and venturing back into the classroom, and visiting the Country Fair will be a memory from This Road to Bountiful.
Village of Lewiston Recreation Director Marianne Gittermann invites questions at 754-1990, and with her easy going naturalism and professionalism, welcomes all to attend, participate and enjoy!
Marija Vukcevich is a freelance writer from Lewiston. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.