A colorful backdrop

   There aren't many things better than a crisp fall day.  Throughout the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, the hills will soon be consumed with color, providing a spectacular backdrop to any fall adventure - be it hiking, shopping, or hosting that last cookout of the season.  Here are a few autumn attractions you may want to take on …
   On Saturday, Sept. 7, the United Way of Cattaraugus County is bringing back its fall season fundraiser, filled with plenty of food, fun and festivities for the community to enjoy. 
   To be held at War Vet’s Park in Olean, NY from 11am-7pm, this year’s Swine, Wine & Craft Festival will showcase the return of the amateur rib cook-off, where teams will compete for a cast-iron pig trophy and the honor of being recognized for the “Best Ribs of the Southern Tier.”  It’s a deliciously fantastic opportunity for the public to come out and taste a variety of ribs … that is, if you’re not afraid to get your fingers dirty.  And if ribs aren’t your thing, there will be plenty of other food vendors set up on site, as well as a home brew wine and beer contest to help wash it all down.
   With proceeds benefitting the United Way of Cattaraugus County, the event (sponsored by Five Star Bank), will also feature a dice run, live music by Mojo Hand, and a plethora of craft vendors for your shopping pleasure.
   For more information about this year’s Swine, Wine & Craft Festival, visit www.uwcattco.org or call the United Way Office at 716-372-3620.
   The City of Salamanca, NY will hold its annual Falling Leaves Festival Oct. 4-6 around the Jefferson Street Park area located in the middle of the City.  (The Falling Leaves Festival Pageant will be held the weekend prior.)
   Kick-off for the actual festival weekend will take place Friday night, Oct. 4, as the Salamanca Warrior varsity football team hosts their Homecoming football game against Southwestern. The weekend will feature plenty of entertainment for our youth, including a bounce house, face painting and a balloon man.  Numerous food and craft vendors will be set up as well.
   On Saturday, Oct. 5, event-goers can check out the car cruise on Main Street, or dance their socks off with a live performance by Fat Brat at the American Legion on Wildwood Avenue.  The City is also teaming up with the American Cancer Society to hold a Cancer Walk celebrating the City’s 100th anniversary, as well as the American Cancer Society’s 100th anniversary. During the week following up to Falling Leaves Festival, Salamanca School will be selling pink t-shirts in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness; those who purchase a t-shirt at the school and wear it to the Friday night football game will get free admission into the game. 
   Sunday’s highlights will include a wonderful parade down Main Street, along with an Elvis impersonator entertaining crowds.
   For more information on the festival, contact the Mayor’s office at 716-945-3110.
   From mid-Sept. to the end of Oct., more than 100,000 people will head to one of Cattaraugus County’s largest autumn attractions - Pumpkinville!  The 200-acre farm in Great Valley, NY will open up on Sept. 14 for plenty of fun, food and excitement, running each day from 9am-7pm.  Admission is free!
   Of course the primary attraction speaks to the name of the business - PUMPKINS!  They're literally everywhere!  Every shape, size and shade of orange, and ready for picking.  Visitors can also take in the many favorites, such as the corn cannon shoot, the cow train, gem mining, and the 6-acre corn maze.  On weekends in October (weather permitting), take a helicopter ride and see the gorgeous fall foliage from above.
   The newest attraction is the Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillows.  These two giant jumping pillows (35 feet by 70 feet) are sure to keep the kids busy, and offer up some great exercise for adults as well!
   Any trip to Pumpkinville wouldn’t be complete without a taste of Di’s Pies & Bake Shop or the Pumpkinville Grill.  If you crave it, chances are Pumpkinville has it - pumpkin donuts, homemade pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, old-fashioned kettle corn, caramel apples, caramel sauce, hot apple cider, fudge, jam, maple products, chicken barbecue … whew!
   Pumpkinville Goes Pink!  Pumpkinville will again be helping a charity this season, with “Pink Pumpkin Weekend” on Sept. 21-22.  The weekend will feature live music, special guests, special attractions for both kids and adults, and LOTS of pink pumpkins! Three acres of the farm will be filled with specially developed pink pumpkins available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of WNY.  It’ll be a pink weekend you won’t soon forget!  Pink pumpkins, pink t-shirts, pink fudge, pink ice cream, pink apples … whew!  Here we go again with all the delicious flavors of Pumpkinville!
   To learn more about Pumpkinville, click over to www.pumpkinville.com or call 716-699-2205.  Pumpkinville is located at 4844 Sugartown Road, Great Valley, NY 14741.
   It's time to prepare yourselves for a beautiful landscape of blazing reds, oranges and yellows!  Come discover a ‘view’tiful autumn in the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County!  Our backcountry roads are a kaleidoscope of color and activity, particularly along New York’s Amish Trail, making Fall an excellent time to take a leisurely stroll.   Mark your calendars and take advantage of the fall foliage during our Autumn Open House on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.
   Slow down your pace with a scenic drive along New York’s Amish Trail.  You will get a peek into a lifestyle that works hard without the use of modern conveniences.  See Old Order Amish farmers out harvesting their fields with teams of workhorses under sunny blue skies. Amish roadside stands and shops overflowing with the fruits of their summer labor: fresh homemade jams and jellies, colorful handcrafted rugs and quilts, woven baskets, handmade furniture, fun wooden toys and yummy goats milk fudge.
   Along the way, stop by our non-Amish Trail members for dining, shopping and staying.  The friendly owners welcome your visit and can share more information about the local Amish.  Many of our members also have Amish handmade items for sale within their establishments. 
   Looking for a quaint shop with a variety of merchandise? Check out one of the many retail member businesses; How about a scrumptious meal? Try one of the member restaurants. Want to make it a weekend getaway? Book a stay at one of the accommodations members located along the trail.
   All this and more is waiting for you to experience, so plan your trip! Guided trips are available and can be customized to your liking, or set out on your own adventure.  The Oct. 5 Open House is the perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping with some unique, homemade and handmade gifts from New York’s Amish Trail!
   To learn more, including information on guided tours, local businesses along the trail and area accommodations, call 1-800-331-0543 or log onto WNYAmishTrail.com.
   The Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, NY packs an autumn season full of fun and exciting activities.  For a complete list of adventures, accommodations, restaurants and more, visit Cattaraugus County Tourism on the web at www.enchantedmountains.com or call 800-331-0543 for a free brochure.
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