RIDGWAY--The Annual "Flavors of Fall" Festival," sponsored by the Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce, grandly returned to Ridgway on Saturday.
The annual event is the culmination of summer events in Ridgway and always draws huge crowds to town for the all-day affair.  Over 40 vendors gathered on the grounds of the Elk County Courthouse on Main Street, selling a huge variety of items from food to wreaths of fundraising for various organizations. 
Many of the downtown businesses that make up the Chamber of Commerce in Ridgway also participated at their locations throughout town, as the event attracted hundreds of attendees for the day. A beautiful fall day greeted all visitors, and the quickly changing foliage of the trees in Ridgway and the surrounding hills and valleys just added to the beauty of the day.
Hayrides began at 11 a.m. for those who wished to take a quick tour of the Historic District in Ridgway, with the beautifully restored homes that once housed lumber and fur barons were decorated wonderfully as the season changes.
There were plenty of activities for children as well, with the Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce providing a quick craft project free of charge and the Tri-County Alliance sponsoring a huge bouncy slide on the Elk County Courthouse lawn.
From Cliffe's to Broad Street Boots, ECCOTA, and the Dollar General Store, downtown merchants helped make the Festival successful with sales and giveaways at their locations. Retired Senator Joe Scarnati and his wife Amy, the Dan Smith Candy Company owners, were out in front of their downtown location serving up freshly made Cotton Candy at their storefront on Main Street.
And the Trinity United Methodist Church kept selling out of their fresh apple dumplings as soon as they pulled another batch from the ovens, proving Ridgway's sweet tooth can never really be satisfied.
The Chamber and the local businesses thank all those who attended on Saturday. The next major event for the Chamber of Commerce will be the always popular "Business Trick Or Treat" on October 28 in downtown Ridgway. 

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