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More than 30 vendors signed up so far for Harvest Festival

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MASSENA - The number of vendors who will be lining the downtown Massena corridor for the seventh annual Harvest Festival on Sept. 6 continues to grow.

“We have 30-some vendors so far. We’ve got some different ones from out of the area,” Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce Associate Director Penny Pullmain said.

She said they’ve been in touch with other area chambers, and they are all sharing their own vendor lists. The hope is that a master list will be compiled at the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce level that can be shared with all area chambers who are looking for vendors for their shows.

Among those who have signed up for the Harvest Festival are Phil and Jackies, who will be selling unique gifts and homemade fudge; the Massena Public Library, which will be holding a book sale and promoting the library; Dee Peets from It Works, who will be selling items such as It Works Wraps; and Kaly White from Akwesasne Puppy Style Dog Biscuits, who will be offering homemade dog and cat treats, dog blankets and dog toys.

Cindy Wood and Joanne Deleel from Joci Jewels will have handmade jewelry with semi-precious stones and sterling silver; Sandy Mariano from Doll Clothes by Sandee will be selling American Girl - Biddy doll clothes; the Friends of the Nature Center at Robert Moses State Park will have a display and activities; and Down by the River Crafts will offer fishing lure jewelry and accessories.

Also, Miss D’s Alpaca’s will have a booth to sell socks, hats, gloves and scarves made from alpaca fleece; Back the Pack will be holding a raffle and providing information on their program that provides healthy weekend snacks to students in Massena’s elementary schools; and Boy Scout Troop 41 will have a popcorn sales and will be recruiting new members.

Memory Keepers will offer homemade cookies and baked good, homemade dog biscuits and dog tug toys; The Mad Recycler will be on hand with upcycled products such as jewelry and book page flowers; Fidelis Care will have information on quality, affordable health coverage; and Cubby T. Clown will have face painting, balloon animals and temporary tattoos.

St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Education Services will be providing information on adult education classes and training; St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Parish will be selling raffle tickets for their annual bazaar; 2 Mama Birds will have handmade jewelry; and the Holy Name of Jesus Academy will be selling handmade clothing, pot holders, pottery, school choir CDs, craft cards, wooden toys and homemade granola.

In addition, a Thirty-One booth will offer Thirty-one products and fundraiser information; Spare Time Creations will have wreaths, towels and children’s jewelry; Snowy Mountain Crafts will offer toys, inflates, trucks, dolls, novelties and handcrafts; Sweet Little Darlings will have girl accessories; and Retro Roxing Sewing will be selling Pin-Up girl aprons, tote bags, stuffed toys, owls, pirates and mermaids.

Rounding out the current vendor list are East Coast Earth Stones and Creations, with their handcrafted jewelry wraps, rock, minerals, crystals, cabachons and lapidary; Massena Farmer’s Market; Amanda Freeman with handmade by me decorative signs; Kesuto Jewelry Designs with handmade jewelry featuring natural upcycled and recycled products; and Mary Romeo, who will have aprons and doll clothes.

While the vendors continue to sign up, Ms. Pullmain said that, with so many activities taking place that day, they’re still in need of volunteers.

“It does take a lot of volunteers,” she said.

Among this year’s new events is the Cape Air Harvest Festival Bake-off, using this year’s fall ingredient: zucchini. Recipes must include zucchini as the main ingredient in either cakes/cupcakes, cookies/brownies/squares, breads/muffins or pies, and the first-place winner in each category will receive two round-trip tickets from Massena to Albany or Boston, courtesy of Cape Air. The overall winner will receive two additional round-trip tickets.

Also new this year is “Harvest Festival Favorites,” which will allow restaurants and taverns belonging to the chamber to spotlight autumn-related foods and drinks for customer judging from Sept. 1-5. Customers will receive a ballot and can submit the name of their favorite food or drink at the chamber’s booth during the Harvest festival.

This year’s festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will also feature a number of other activities such as zucchini car races, line dancing demonstrations, mixed martial arts demonstrations, a poetry reading by poet Mike Van Kennen and autographs from the cast of the movie, “Ballad of Billy Badass,” which is being filmed in the Massena area in September.

The Boys and Girls Club of Massena will be holding a Zumbathon at the Massena Fire Station on Andrews Street. Emmanuel Congregational Church on West Orvis Street will also be holding a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m.

The day will also feature craft activities for kids, a fun zone for kids, a life-size Candy Land game, the chamber food booth and street performers.

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