HONESDALE—This Oct. 7 & 8 mark the return of the annual “Harvest & Heritage Days” to the Maple City.

Sponsored by the Honesdale National Bank with support from Wayne County Tourism and presented by the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP), the festival promises 48 hours of fall fun and historical exploration.

As stated in a press release, new to the festival this year, the GHP will be selling 50/50 raffle chances at $1.00 each at their tent in the fore of the Park & Shop lot.

Both days will feature shopping from an array of craft vendors along Main street and hayrides through the downtown area provided for a nominal fee.

Local students will have their own displays set up in the parking lot at Scarfalloto's Diner.

The Wayne County Historical Society will also be open from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Those attending the harvest festival are welcome to enter the society to celebrate its centennial and witness the new exhibit, “Wayne County in 100 Objects.”

Also available both days, the famed Stourbridge Lion will make runs to and from the Hawley station.

Information regarding departure times and destinations can be found online at www.thestourbridgeline.com, by calling (570) 470-2697, or by emailing info@thestourbridgeline.net.

Train enthusiasts are invited to stop into the Grace Episcopal Church on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to witness the Stourbridge Lion Model Railroad Club's layout.

Also unique to Saturday, residents and tourists alike can treat themselves to the Wayne County Farmer's Market outside Dave's FoodTown from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., spinning and quilting demonstrations at the Fred Miller Pavilion, and pumpkin painting near the Honesdale National Bank Corporate Center.

Sponsored by the Wayne County YMCA, pumpkins can be painted from noon to 4 p.m.

The Old Stone Jail will be open for tours between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Those interested can find the jail adjacent the Wayne County Courthouse behind Central Park.

The park will host a GHP-sponsored antique car show Saturday evening from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

According to the release, the show expects to see over 75 treasured classics encircling the park for public perusal.

Musical selections from the greatest hits of the '50s and '60s will help set the mood.

Sunday's activities include the Soup 'R Chili Taste-off from noon to 3 p.m. in front of the Honesdale National Bank's Corporate Center.

Co-sponsored by Rent-E-Vent by Rent-E-Quip, the Taste-off will feature an assortment of local chefs and restauranteurs.

Also Sunday afternoon, Dessin Animal Shelter will present its Ninth Annual “Pets on Pawrade” costume competition.

Registration will begin in Central Park at noon with the parade commencing at 1 p.m.

Judging will begin under the Fred Miller Pavilion at 2 p.m. with numerous opportunities for prizes.

Those looking for more information are advised to contact Marlene at (570) 493-3377.

The GHP also reminds residents to keep an eye out for the upcoming “Honesdale for the Holidays” event on November 24 and 25, sponsored by Wayne Bank.

More information regarding Harvest and Heritage Days or other Honesdale hootenannies is available from the GHP by phone at (570) 253-5942 or online at www.visithonesdalepa.com.

—Information from a release was used in this story.