HONESDALE - Honesdale rolls out the pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks, and fall colors for its annual "Harvest & Heritage Days", Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, sponsored this year by The Honesdale National Bank with support from Wayne County Tourism.

“There will be lots to do this fun, fall weekend,” said Gail M. Bradley, Executive Director, Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP).

“Shoppers will want to explore the greater Honesdale area, which offers lots of wonderful shops, eateries, and fine services. Honesdale’s Main Street is eight blocks long, with something to interest you on every block,” she said. So wear your walking shoes.

Hayrides, crafts

Craft vendors will line Main Street on both days. Old-fashioned hayrides will be offered downtown, for a small fee, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Students will be well represented in the parking lot of Scarfalloto’s Town House Diner. Stop by to see what they have to offer.

Stop by the GHP tent in front of the Park ‘N Shop lot near the pavilion to take a chance to win. There will be a 50/50 raffle with chances being sold for just $1.00 each. Take a quick survey and then enter your guess as to how many kernels of corn there are in the jar.

Trains: Real & model

Railroad buffs can enjoy railroad exhibits at the Wayne County Historical Society Museum on Main Street, celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year. The 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. This year, the museum invites everyone to rediscover Wayne County through their new exhibit titled Wayne County in 100 Objects.

The train will also be running on both days with trips to Hawley and beyond. For more information on schedules and ticket prices, please go to www.thestourbridgeline.net or call 570-470-2697.

Make sure you stop in to see The Stourbridge Lion Model Railroad Club's train layout. It can be found in Grace Episcopal Church, 827 Church Street and is open Saturday only from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Farmers’ Market

Vsit the Wayne County Farmers' Market on Saturday, October 7, 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 in front of Dave’s FoodTown at 200 Willow Ave. (Rte. 6).

Stop by the Fred Miller Pavilion (on Main Street) on Saturday and see demonstrations for spinning and quilting.
And for the kids, there will be pumpkin painting on Saturday near The Honesdale National Bank's Corporate Center on Main Street. Pumpkin painting will be available on Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m., sponsored by the Wayne County YMCA.

Old Stone Jail, old cars

And you’ll want to make the time for a tour of our historic Old Stone Jail. The jail is located next to the Wayne County Court House on Court Street by Central Park and will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday evening will feature an antique car cruise around Honesdale's beautiful Central Park, sponsored by the Greater Honesdale Partnership from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. More than 75 antique cars are expected to cruise into town for your enjoyment. Starting at 5 p.m., there will be music from the fifties and sixties.

Soup & chili

On Sunday, October 8, taste some of the best homemade soup and chili as several of our area restaurants and local chefs compete to see who makes the best. The Soup ‘R Chili Taste-off takes place in front of the Honesdale National Bank’s Corporate center, 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, please contact Kevin Bernitt at 570-253-3055, Michelle Bonham at 570-251-8994 or the GHP at 570-253-5492. The contest is open to both individuals and restaurants.

Animals too

Even the critters are excited about Harvest & Heritage Days and they invite you to the Dessin Animal Shelter's 9th annual "Pets on Pawrade" costume competition. Registration will begin in Central Park at noon and the parade around the park begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, with the costume judging under the Fred Miller Pavilion at approximately 2 p.m. There will be prizes awarded in at least three categories. The Dessin friends are eager to show you what they've got. For more information, please call Marlene at 570-493-3377. Go to visithonesdalepa.com for a list of recommended lodging choices.


This year's "Harvest & Heritage Days" is sponsored by The Honesdale National 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, please call the Greater Honesdale Partnership at 570-253-5492 or visit them on the web at visithonesdalepa.com.