GOWANDA - The Gowanda Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the ninth Annual Scarecrow Contest and Heritage Harvest Festival on Sept. 15 and 16.
Beginning at 10 a.m. on Sept. 15, visitors to Gowanda will be greeted by a variety of scarecrows that will be judged not only by a panel of judges, but also by the public. In addition, children will have the opportunity to make their own scarecrow in Chang-Hu Park on West Main Street and paint a pumpkin. Glenn Colton will present a concert from 10 a.m. to noon in the park. These activities are free. A baked goods auction begins at 2 p.m., featuring culinary treats from entrants throughout the area.
One of the most popular activities takes place at both Pine Hill Cemetery and the historic Hollywood Theater. Cemetery tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday will introduce tour-goers to the "ghosts" of area dignitaries, with Sundays tours taking place at 1 and 3 p.m. Those visiting the Hollywood Theater (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 second most influential woman after Eleanor Roosevelt.
For more information on the Cemetery Tours and Heritage Harvest Festival, call 532-2834 or visit gowandanychamber.org.