Candor’s Fall Festival will be back for another year in October.
The groups in Candor who participate are already busy, working to get ready. The Catatonk Valley Woodcarvers, who formed in 1988 in the home of Roger Westgate, today has over 70 members. They meet every Monday night in the downstairs meeting room at the Candor Free Library. They started holding woodcarving shows every Columbus Day weekend and were the start of what would later become the Candor Fall Festival.
The 2019 Catatonk Valley Wood Carvers Show at the Candor Fire Station will be Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Every year they have carving demonstrations, food and beverage available as well as raffle items donated by local carvers. The main raffle will be for a woodcarving called Noah’s Ark; tickets are $1 each or eight for $5.
The New Quilters on the Block, who organized in 1990, also hold a showing of their work during the Candor Fall Festival. Their show is held at the Candor Ambulance Building on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and Sunday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the year, members meet the first and third Saturdays of the month, learning from each other and working together on a quilt that will be raffled off during the fall festival.
This year will be the 39th annual American Legion Auxiliary Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and vendors are still needed for the event. A $10 chicken and biscuit lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. until gone. There is also a bake sale. Vendors interested in participating should contact Sandie at sandie’email@example.com or (607) 972-4254.
The Friends of the Candor Free Library hold a three-day book sale and are already working to get the gently used books sorted into genre for readers to find easier.
The Friends meet the last Thursday of every month except November and December and are always happy to welcome new members. Signup sheets will be posted in the library if anyone wants to help with the book sale.
The Candor Chamber of Commerce has been working to keep this event organized since 1995 and keep working to get more involvement. Iron Kettle Farm holds it Spooktacular celebration during the festival, and Side Hill Acres Goat Farm does farm tours and has vendors on their property as well. Anyone interested in being a vendor should contact Rita Kellogg, as the spots are filling fast.
During the fall fest there are also open houses, flea markets, harvest dinners, bake sales and so much more.
The Candor Chamber of Commerce should be posting brochures with all the events and locations shortly, and I will keep trying to get them posted ahead so those interested can make plans.
This year’s Candor Fall Festival will be a real celebration after the cleanup many had to do from the wind storm on Aug. 18. Mark your calendars and check out this event; a lot of folks work hard to make it something special.