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DeVito: A great start to downtown Auburn’s September

TomatoFest weekend will kick off on Friday night, Sept. 7, with Music on the Mall in the State Street band shell from 7 to 10 p.m. The featured band will be Faded Vinyl, with 150 plus years of combined performance experience. They will be performing music from five decades; styles include classic rock, 1970s-90s rock, modern rock, alternative rock, progressive rock and some country. On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. come back downtown to enjoy more live music acts on two Genesee Street stages, and one on Exchange Street, plus cultural entertainment, a farmers market, petting zoo, food, beverage and fine art vending and activities for the family. Showmobile stage performers are Julie Howard, A Cast of Thousands, Perform4Purpose, Diana Jacobs band, Petty Thieves and John Martellaro band.

Enjoy shopping all day with hand- crafted soaps, jewelry, maple syrup, wood carvings, jams, hand woven baskets, alpaca wool clothing, metal sculpture, hand-made doll clothes and much more.

Interactive family fun will take place inside Auburn Public Theater starting at noon with Max Man Reptile Rescue and again at 5 p.m. The TomatoFest parade will be at 12:45 p.m., Nate the Great juggling at 1 and 4:15 p.m., and the classical dance of India at 3 p.m. The veggie art sculpture will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and square dancing at 1 p.m. and Absolute Dance at 2 p.m. performing on Genesee Street. The Wegmans cupcake celebration is at 4 p.m. under the Genesee Street tent.

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