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Ghosts, scarecrows highlight upcoming Gowanda festival

GOWANDA — The Gowanda Area Chamber of Commerce will host the ninth annual Scarecrow Contest and Heritage Harvest Festival on Sept. 15 and 16.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, visitors will be greeted by a variety of scarecrows that will be judged by a panel of judges, as well as the public. In addition, children will have the opportunity to make their own scarecrows and paint pumpkins in Chang-Hu Park on West Main Street. Glenn Colton will present a concert in the park from 10 a.m. – noon. All activities are free.

A baked goods auction, featuring culinary offerings from entrants throughout the area, will begin at 2 p.m.

Cemetery tours will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and will introduce tour-goers to the “ghosts” of area dignitaries, with Sunday’s tours’ taking place at 1 and 3 p.m. Those visiting the Hollywood Theater at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday will meet Richard Wilhelm, who built the theater in 1926, his wife Alice and two writers, one of whom was named the second most influential woman in the United States, after Eleanor Roosevelt.

For more information about the cemetery tours and Heritage Harvest Festival, call 532-2834 or visit

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