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Autumn leaf fest opens today (Friday)

LEAVENWORTH - The 41st annual Autumn Leaf Festival opens today (Friday) in Leavenworth's Bavarian Village.

The three-day festival, sponsored by the Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival Association, will include music and dancers at Leavenworth's park gazebo, as well as an "art in the park" event that will feature arts and crafts on display along Front Street. A grand parade will be held in downtown Leavenworth at noon on Saturday.

As part of the festivities, the Chumstick Grange will host an autumn leaf craft bazaar, and the town's Friends of the Libary organization will sponsor a used book sale. There will also be a heritage exhibit Friday and Saturday at the Upper Valley Museum, located in the former Haus Lorelei.

Friday's activities will also include coffeehouse entertainment at the Chumstick Grange hall and music at the gazebo.

Saturday, the Lions Club will host an autumn leaf breakfast at Lions Club Park. Other Saturday activities will include a drill team competition at the park gazebo, food booths along Eighth Street, pumpkin carving at Front Street Park, inflatable games and a climbing wall at Front Street Park, a kids parade along Front Street and a spaghetti dinner fund-raiser at the Leavenworth Senior Center. Saturday's activities will also feature a street dance in the evening at the park gazebo, and a Beethoven celebration concert at Sleeping Lady Retreat.

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