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Check out Colden’s Harvest Festival

COLDEN — Community members wanting to show support for the Trading Post Community Care Center in Springville can visit Colden’s Harvest Festival, on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27.

The annual event, formerly called the Heart and Home Bazaar, will run Friday from 5 – 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Organizers of the event, which will be located at the Colden Fire Hall in Colden, said that their goal is to draw attention to artists throughout the area and to the Trading Post’s mission: of providing resources to people who need them the most.

Linette Crelly, CEO and founder of the Trading Post, said that this year has been especially difficult for her organization, as it has been for most charitable organizations, throughout the country.

“It’s been a really hard year for us,” Crelly said, adding that a number of grants the post usually receives have been eliminated or delayed. On average, the organization needs as much as $7,000 monthly, to operate all its programs.

Harvest Festival organizers said that they are hoping the weekend’s events will help generate funds that will assist the post through the holidays, its busiest time of the year. Events at the festival will include a 100-plus basket auction and door prizes; an artisan, craft and trade show; a farmer’s market; bake sale; soup and chili sale; a coat drive and several other family activities and entertainments.

Crelly said that this year’s festival is bigger than others held in the past. There are more food tastings, more vendors and more displays, than there have been during previous events. “It’s new and expanded from in the past,” she said. “We made a big effort to make it bigger and better. We wanted to include more people and reach further into the Southern Tier.”

One of the Trading Post’s efforts, Toys for Christmas, will be especially highlighted, during the festival. As Christmas approaches, the post will begin to accept toy donations. While the bin, so far, is empty, the Trading Post is requesting 1,000 toys. “The need is up there, too,” Crelly said. “We’re hoping people step up.”

For more information about the festival or the Trading Post, call 592-4455 or email fellowshiphillny@yahoo.com.

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