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EDITORIAL: Fall fun abounds in the western suburbs

Fall has arrived, and with it, a cornucopia of great community events to choose from.

This weekend, the annual Jordan Fall Festival will be held for the 66th time. This event is a true feat of passionate community volunteerism — it wouldn’t be possible without the selfless efforts of around 400 residents. You’ll be hard pressed to find an event so connected to the community anywhere else.

If you have some time this weekend, be sure to check it out — there’s so much to see, but the homemade donuts alone might be worth the trip. The festival runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on Beaver Street in the village of Jordan — and it’s free.

In Elbridge, you’ll find the annual Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook. Whether you’re looking to fish, shoot skeet, or just learn from the experts in all things outdoors, this event has it all. National Hunting and Fishing Day is Saturday, and what better way to celebrate? It takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the hatchery on Route 321. Admission is $5 per car.

Looking to connect with the Camillus community? Look no further than the annual Race for Respect at West Genesee High School. The run/walk’s sole purpose is to promote and celebrate mutual respect, acceptance of responsibility and community. The race starts at noon Sunday; day-of registration is $7.

Looking to learn some local history? Every Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., the Camillus Erie Canal Park on Devoe Road offers narrated boat tours of the canal — giving you and your family a chance to travel across the 1842 Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct, the only navigable aqueduct in the state.

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