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WINDHAM COUNTY — An autumn tradition continued Sunday: Cameras captured leaves changing colors as purses and wallets came out for art, crafts and pies.

"It's a fun thing the town puts on," Glenn Jurgen, of Wallingford, Conn., said of the Dummerston Apple Pie Festival.

Jurgen and his wife Melissa, who own a second home in town, attended the event for their 10th time. Melissa said the pie tasted good.

Dummerston Congregational Church's biggest fundraiser of the year brings out hundreds of motorcyclists.

"You just hear them roar," said Bess Richardson, volunteer at the festival and member of the congregation. "Lots of them make it a destination. But with this weather, who knows?"

Richardson and a group of about 85 volunteers made 1,281 pies over the course of nine days to sell Sunday in front of the church. Organizers said 450 pounds of sugar, 100 bushels of Cortland apples, 5 pounds of nutmeg, 9 pounds of cinnamon, 950 pounds of flour and 400 pounds of shortening were used to make them. The church's youth group made about 14 gallons of ice cream. Also sold were blocks of cheese and gallons of cider. Smaller quantities of food and drink were available under a tent.

Richardson estimates the festival has been going on for at least 49 years. She has been involved for 44 years.

"This is my church," she said when asked why she keeps up the tradition. "This is our church. We work because it's our church."

In the past, volunteers have made slightly more pies. But there's a lot of competition now.

"The market is full," Richardson said. "Lots of places are selling pies this weekend."

The church will keep leftover pies in a freezer and sell them during elections as it hosts voting booths for midterm and presidential elections.

"We have to take everything religious down," said Richardson.

The Dummerston Historical Society had a booth to let attendees know about its work. Their latest project and fundraising mission is an unwanted one, said Jody Normandeau, historical society treasurer.

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Normandeau said her group had raised money for painting the Center Schoolhouse then mold and fungus were discovered in beams inside the building. She estimates remediation work, which has already begun, will cost $20,000.

Gail Sorenson, historical society board member, said a vapor barrier will be installed to keep moisture out and some grading will be done behind the building.

Meanwhile, the Newfane Heritage Festival was going into its 48th year. Organizers said locals and tourists return yearly for the weekend event on the Newfane Common.

"We work it wherever they need us to work it," said Beth Ann Graf, of Long Island.

Members of her family wore sweatshirts honoring her father who start selling popcorn at the event 17 years ago and died in 2016. They helped with parking as well as selling raffle tickets, caramel apples and of course, popcorn.

A few stands away, Rich Gillis demonstrated some wood chopping to a small crowd of people. He owns Mystic Metallurgy of Williamsville.

"It's been really busy," said Lisa Flanders, a jewelry maker who worked out of Brattleboro for 10 years but is now based in Alstead, N.H. "It's a really enthuastic, big group."

Flanders was a first-time vendor at the festival. She also sells her products at the Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market.

"It's been good," said Franklin Chrisco, co-owner of True North Granola of Brattleboro. "It's been fun."

Being his fourth time at the festival, Chrisco said it was nice to see people who were looking for his products. He told them about the upcoming holiday show at the Cotton Mill and the Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market.

Robert DuGrenier Glass Art Gallery of Townshend had pumpkin-shaped bowls for sale. Waring Music of Guilford had uniquely designed harps and build-your-own-harp kits. And Woodzel's By Wetzel of Saxtons River was getting ready for the next season with personalized ornaments. They were joined by other regional artists and local groups in fundraising mode.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.