Historic Honesdale rolls out the pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks, fall colors, and scarecrows for its annual "Harvest & Heritage Days," taking place this weekend.

Historic Honesdale rolls out the pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks, fall colors, and scarecrows for its annual "Harvest & Heritage Days," taking place this weekend.

It is sponsored this year by Wayne Bank with support from Wayne County Tourism.

There will be lots to do this fun, fall weekend. Shoppers will want to explore the greater Honesdale area, which offers lots of wonderful shops, eateries and fine services.

Craft vendors will line Main Street on both days and you are invited to delight in the many creative super hero-themed scarecrows that local merchants have made for your enjoyment.

Visitors can find the location of each scarecrow in the Oct. 8 and 10 editions of The Wayne Independent, available at newsstands everywhere, or beginning Oct. 7 on local radio stations 95.3 DNH and Classic Hits 105.

Old-fashioned hayrides will be offered downtown, for a small fee, from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon-4 p.m. on Sunday.

Railroad buffs can enjoy railroad exhibits at the Wayne County Historical Society Museum on Main Street. The newly expanded and renovated Historical Society museum also offers many other exhibits and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Persons are also invited you to visit the Wayne County Farmers' Market on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. where you will find fresh produce, flowers, plants, herbs and many more locally grown and handmade items. The market is located next to the Visitor's Center, trackside, just one block off Main Street.

And for the kids, there will be pumpkin painting in front of The Honesdale National Bank's Corporate Center on Main Street, sponsored by Connections Magazine. Pumpkin painting will be available on Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. The first 100 children will also walk away with a goodie bag!

There will be music and demonstrations under the Fred Miller Pavilion both days.

Also on Saturday, have some fun with the 9th Annual Corn Shucking Contest being held under the Fred Miller Pavilion from 1-3 p.m. Come and see how you "stalk up" against the competition!

Greg Little of Honesdale took home the trophy last year in the Adult Division, while Susana Kousis, also of Honesdale, was the winner in the Youth Division. The Corn Shucking contest is co-sponsored by Yatsonsky's Farm.

Saturday evening will also feature an antique car cruise around Honesdale's beautiful Central Park from
5-9 p.m. More than 75 antique cars are expected to cruise into town for your enjoyment. Starting at 5:00 p.m., D.J. Rickie Z will play music from the 50s and 60s, which is bound to bring back some great memories.

On Sunday, Oct. 13, taste some of the best homemade wings and chili as several area restaurants and local chefs compete to see who makes the best. Last year in the Judges Choice category, 1st Alarm Security of Honesdale walked away with first place with their Smokey Stinger Wings and Hose Co. #1 took first place for their Firehouse Chili.

In the People's Choice category, 1st Alarm Security took another first place for their Smokey Stinger Wings and VFW Post 531 walked away with first place for their Combat Chili.

Best Booth Presentation was awarded to VFW Post 531 whose representatives were dressed in military attire, while their booth was decorated with all sorts of military paraphernalia.

The Wing & Chili Taste-off takes place from noon to 3 p.m. and is co-sponsored by Rent-E-Vent by Rent-E-Quip.

For information on how you can participate, contact Terrie Murray at 570-253-6363, Michelle Bonham at 570-251-8994 or the GHP at 570-253-5492. The contest is open to both individuals and restaurants. Deadline for registration is Sept. 26.

Even the critters are excited about Harvest & Heritage Days and they invite you to the Dessin Animal Shelter's 7th Annual "Pets on Parade" costume competition.

The parade down Main Street begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13, with the costume judging under the Fred Miller Pavilion at approximately 2 p.m. The Dessin friends are anxious to show you what they've got! For more information, please call Dara at 570-647-0057.

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the music, craft vendors, food and all the wonderful shops and services that Historic Honesdale has to offer.

This year's "Harvest & Heritage Days" is sponsored by Wayne Bank with support from Wayne County Tourism, and is brought to you by the Greater Honesdale Partnership.

For more information about Honesdale's "Harvest & Heritage Days" or other downtown special events, call the Greater Honesdale Partnership at 570-253-5492. Handmade craft or specialty food vendors who wish to participate in Honesdale's special events should contact the partnership.

Other upcoming events in historic Honesdale for 2013 include "Honesdale for the Holidays" on Nov. 29-30 with activities continuing throughout December.