Niagara Gazette — LEWISTON — Weather provided, organizers of the annual Lewiston Smelt Festival are hoping to attract more than 2,000 persons to the event Friday.
The festival is slated to start at 6 p.m. at the foot of Center Street on the grassy area adjacent to the Silo Restaurant.
"It all depends on the weather but we usually attract between 2,000 and 3,000," said Jennifer Pauly, president of the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce.
The village and the Silo also work with the Niagara River Anglers to produce the festival. "This year we plan to serve upward of 400 pounds of smelt," Paul added. Based on past events, that supply is expected to run out between 8 and 9 p.m.
The smelt will be distributed as free samples to all those attending the festival, with the anglers, chamber staffers and its board of directors serving the seasonal favorite. The Lakeside Blues will provide the entertainment.
The National Weather Service is predicting that Friday will be mostly cloudy with a shower and a high temperature of 55 degrees.
Margo Briglio, event coordinator and administrative assistant for the chamber, said, "We've tried counting the crowds and while we don't have any specific numbers, we do know that people come from all over." In recent years, the visitors have traveled from Orchard Park, Pennsylvania. Ohio and throughout Western New York.
Additional information available from the Chamber of Commerce (754-9500) or at www. NiagaraRiverRegion.com.