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MASSENA - Wanted: vendors for the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce’s annual Harvest Festival.

And the more, the merrier, chamber Executive Director Michael J. Gleason said.

“We had 55 last year,” he said.

This year’s event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 in downtown Massena, and Mr. Gleason said they’ve already received some vendor applications.

“We’ve got such a wide variety already. We had close to 15 signed up the first week. We’re getting them in every day,” he said. “People are coming in from outside of the town. This thing is really starting to reach out.”

The downtown corridor between Andrews and Orvis streets will be blocked off the Harvest Festival, which means there’s plenty of room for more vendors, according to Mr. Gleason.

He said they’re looking for any type of vendor except those selling food.

“We’re doing the food booth. This is one of our fundraisers for the fall,” he said.

There is no power available, and all vendors are responsible for bringing their own tables, chairs and tents. The chamber is offering space free of charge to their members in good standing, and the fee for non-chamber members is $25.

Interested vendors can contact the chamber office at 769-3525 for an application or visit their website at www.massenachamber.com. Applications must be returned to the chamber office by Aug. 31.

Mr. Gleason said, if past years are any indication, this year’s Harvest Festival will be bigger and better than ever.

“Each year this event has grown and continues to be extremely successful. It keeps getting bigger and bigger every year,” he said.

Among the activities on tap are Mark Bogdan’s life-size Candy Land board game on the street, scarecrow making, a free bounce house for the kids and pumpkin painting for children under 12 years old.

“We have about 200 pumpkins. They usually go in about the first hour,” Mr. Gleason said.

Others who are scheduled to be on hand include Seaway Valley Ambulance with ambulance and car seat and safety information; St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Church with big money raffle tickets; Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary with raffle tickets; Tastefully Simple with easy to prepare foods; Massena Kiwanis; Forevermore Studio; Simply You Wellness Spa with chair massage, glam strands and hair chalking; Mary Romeo with aprons and doll clothes; and Bows & a Bit More with tutus, bows, hair bands, wings, shoes, dresses and more.

Adding to the list are Let’s Go Fishin’ with a fishing charter exhibition and lures for sale; Back the Pack with a display and brochures; JoCi Jewels with handmade jewelry with sterling silver and semi-precious gemstones; Lottie Hurd with dish towels and decorative glass blocks; the Massena Public Library with an information booth and Kindle Fire raffle; and Miss D’s Alpacas with socks, gloves, hats and scarves made from alpaca fleece.

Phil & Jackie’s will also be open that day, and Mr. Gleason said, in addition to vendors, they’re looking to add more to the day’s line-up.

“We’re also kicking around the idea of having some entertainment, which would be something new this year,” he said.

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