Candor’s Fall Festival 2022 Style | Candor

Andara Puchino

Once again, the Candor Community, with the organization of the Candor Chamber of Commerce, has a lot to offer during their annual Fall Festival. Highlighted around the Catatonk Valley Woodcarvers Show (Oct. 8 and 9 at the Candor Fire Hall with carving demonstrations, and carving raffles), are many events throughout the community including yard sales and pop-up events. Starting off with a Fall Block Party at the Town Hall Pavilion sponsored by the Candor Chamber of Commerce and Candor Farmers Market, Friday night Oct. 7, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., there will be live bands, vendors, food trucks, fire pits, s’mores bar, and much more. Fall Festival t-shirts will be available for purchase (as well as at Side Hill Acres), so you’ll be dressed for the weekend’s Fall Fest events around town.

But don’t forget to check out the many vendors who will be set up at Side Hill Acres both Saturday and Sunday, including Finger Lakes Wineries, wine and cheese tastings, kids’ activity area, mingling with the goats, local craft vendors, and the Mount Olive Masonic Lodge #290 serving up pork, sausage, hamburgers, and hot dogs (on Saturday), and Smith’s Family Maple and BBQ (Sunday).  Looking for Candor History books, or want to find out what’s happening at the History Center? Visit Candor’s Historian at Side Hill Acres on Saturday Oct. 8, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. And don’t miss their magic show Saturday between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Sunday come enjoy the Balloon show between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Candor American Legion Auxiliary is holding a vendor Craft Fair and Bake Sale (Saturday October 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., located at 90 Spencer Road) and will host a variety of vendors, as well as offering raffles and a chicken and biscuit lunch–all proceeds benefit our military and their families, veterans, the community, and the Honor Flight. And be sure to visit Iron Kettle’s Spooktacular events, visit the animals, and Grandma’s Barn full of crafts and goodies from various vendors. The farm grounds are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Activities begin at noon on weekdays in October, and ten on weekends.

But there are many other events that are free and open to the public including the annual Friends of the Candor Library Book Sale (Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); New Quilters On The Block Quilt Show at the EMS building (Oct. 8 and 9, with their quilt raffle); The EMS is sponsoring an open house Saturday and Sunday at the Ambulance building and also offering a sidewalk CPR course. Stop in at Fay’s Fitness Open House to help celebrate 35 years in business, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 41 Owego Road; take part in an Atlatl contest, and demonstrations at 90 Main Street, Candor, sponsored by Thunderbird Atlatl. For an entertaining and informative venue, join the Candor Historical Society on Saturday at the Fire Hall for their drawing of the Historic painting of the lower dam at noon, and then on Sunday, Oct. 9, 1 p.m. for Phil Jordan’s Cemetery Walk through Maple Grove Cemetery.

For more entertainment, you can enjoy Pie a la mode from 1 to 4 p.m., at the McKendree United Methodist Church, 224 Owego Street, sponsored by McKendree Methodist United Women in Faith who will be serving up pie and ice cream for five dollars (just pie will be three dollars; just ice cream will be two dollars); and stop in at the Candor Congregational Church Sunday evening for an old-fashioned hymn sign followed by ice cream (5:30 to 6:45 p.m.).

Are you still hungry? Besides food vendors at Side Hill Acres, the American Legion luncheon, Pie a La Mode at the Methodist Church, enticing goodies at Brewed Awakenings on Main Street, and the Ice Cream Social at the Congregational Church, the Misfitz will be serving a pancake breakfast on Oct. 8, at 189 Spencer Road starting at 8 a.m. Bring a new toy or donate money. In the afternoon starting at 3 p.m. the Misfitz will have a chicken BBQ for $12. Proceeds from these events go to help support the toy drive for the holidays. 

Whatever your plans are for Candor’s Fall Festival weekend, consider entering the annual Scarecrow Contest. There is no entry fee, but to be included, you must fill out the entry form, available on the Candor Chamber’s website, by Oct. 1. No adult or political themes, all entries must be in good taste, and scarecrows must be in place for judging by Oct. 4. Winners will be announced on Oct. 7.  

And, several of Candor’s businesses are holding a Scavenger Hunt, so stop in at Candor businesses around town, and enter to win a prize. 

There is entertainment for the entire family throughout the Candor community Oct. 7, 8, and 9. For more information on these and additional events, times, and dates, visit Candor Chamber’s website at Or email [email protected]

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