Friday October 5, 2012

NEWFANE -- After four-plus decades, this town’s fall festival continues to grow.

More than 90 vendors are expected at the Newfane Heritage Festival, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday on the Newfane Common off Route 30.

"This might be the biggest number of vendors" ever to set up shop at the event, said Nissa Petrak, publicity chairwoman for the festival.

"And it’s very reassuring that most of the people from last year are returning," she added.

In fact, the festival this year will feature just 10 new vendors -- "The smallest turnover we’ve ever had," said Chris Petrak, Nissa Petrak’s husband and the festival’s exhibitors’ chairman.

Organizers believe that’s a testament to the festival’s reputation as a long-established, well-attended event. Crowds totaling 4,000 to 5,000 are expected over the weekend.

They’ll be perusing booths bearing items such as photography, pottery, jewelry, furniture, clothing, candles, art and toys.

There is live music, a children’s corner and a farmer’s market. Food options include the Church Deli, where there will be offerings such as soups, pizzas and baked potatoes, and an outdoor food booth serving hot dogs, burgers, chili and sandwiches.

The festival also features a "Super Raffle" that includes quilts, gift certificates, books and other items. There also are collectibles available at the flea tent.


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"From little children to older adults, there’s something for everybody," Nissa Petrak said.

The heritage festival, in its 42nd year, is organized by Newfane Congregational Church. Members of the historic church recently broke ground for an expansion, but festival proceeds support day-to-day church activities -- not the construction project.

"This is the major fund-raiser for the church so it can continue to provide the many services that it does to the community," Chris Petrak said.