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A frightfully eventful weekend planned

MORRISONVILLE Summer is now a fading memory, with the leaves changing and temperatures dropping. Some would say there even seems to be less to do in the area until now. The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts and the Advocacy Resource Center of Clinton County have joined together to host their first annual Harvestfest. The event will be held at the Clinton County Fairgrounds, 84 Fairgrounds Road, this Saturday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Every year, the ARC has a picnic in the fall and this year they teamed up with NCCCA after hearing they received an I Love NY grant, and asked if they could work together to have one big event. Theres hundreds of different harvestfests all over New York State, said Colleen Lutinski, NCCCA decentralization grant program coordinator. All these other counties go for the same type of grants and coordinate these and some have been for years. And, theyre very popular so why shouldnt we have something here in Clinton County? Numerous events will be held throughout the weekend, including a pumpkin contest, apple sculpture contest and various vendors. We have jewelry, we have one person thats doing candles. Another thats bringing jams and jellies, said Lutinski. I think we had a fairly good response. For the pumpkin contest, people are asked to create either a carved, painted, or embellished pumpkin with a scary, spooky, funny, original, or artistic theme. Were going to have some [pumpkins] for [people] to decorate if they didnt bring [one], said Lutinski. Then, well judge them and hopefully light all of them at the end of the evening each evening. Nearly 400 pumpkins are planned on being lit by Sunday evening. The other contest being held throughout the weekend is the apple sculpture. People can create their work of art at the fairgrounds, where apples have been donated. Both events require a $2 fee per entry. Other events will be held including Amish buggy rides, pony rides, a clown and a variety of music. Theres all different kinds of music throughout the full day, Lutinski said. Fiddlers, theres bluegrass, I think theres another type of more modern band. The entry fee for Harvestfest 2008 is $5 per carload, with money benefiting the NCCCA and ARC. I think it will be a great community event, Lutinski said. The funds are going to come back to the community in a lot of good ways. I think its an event in the fall that people would look forward to bringing their children to, Lutinski added. And then adults can come just go get out for a nice fall day. For more information about Harvestfest 2008, including how to obtain entry forms for the pumpkin and apple contests, visit NCCCAs Web site at www.plattsburgharts.org or call 563-1604.

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