WESTFIELD - The public is invited to compete in a creative hat contest on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Cross Roads Market, County Route 21, Westfield.
Prizes will be awarded for most creative, funniest and most beautiful. There also will be a separate category for red hatters. Registration for entries is free of charge and begins at 10 a.m., in building one. All entries will be on exhibit throughout the day. Judging will be held at 2 p.m., followed by the announcement of winners and the awarding of prizes. A hat parade will follow. Cross Roads looks forward to a fun day for the creators of the hats as well as for customers visiting the market.
In conjunction with the hat contest, Cross Roads Market is having a Warm the Children drive for warm hats, socks, mittens and scarves. The donated items will be received throughout October and distributed to needy families in Chautauqua County in November. Bring gifts to building one where there are several hat and mitten trees on display near the front doors. Cross Roads shoppers will have the opportunity to vote for the people's choice award by monetary donation for their favorite hat. The funds raised will go to the Warm the Children fund as well.
This is just one of many community outreaches the Cross Roads Market holds for charity each year. The soup fest in the spring raises money for services for cancer patients in Chautauqua County. The ar show in August raised $1,800 for the Western New York Food Bank. That money also stays in Chautauqua County. The chili fest held this year on Saturday, Oct. 6 always makes a sizable donation to Hospice. The Cross Roads Market gives back to the community through fundraisers throughout the year.
Cross Roads Market is a large co-operative featuring a wide variety of products. Within the three buildings juried vendors of hand crafted items can by found. Pottery, soaps, candles, alpaca yarns, quilts, hand knits, baby items, maple syrup, fudge, coffees, cheeses, specialty spices and food mixes, original women's accessories, jewelry, home dcor and wine tasting are featured businesses. Many are unique. Foods for lunch as well as specialty food items are also available to take home. It is an all-day experience for the entire family.
Cross Roads Market is located on the Westfield-Sherman Rd., CRT 21, about five miles above Westfield. It is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May through Dec. 22. In addition, Cross Roads is open on Friday, Nov. 23 for an alternative to the mall on Black Friday. Come out, join the fun and see what a unique shopping experience the Cross Roads Market brings to Chautauqua County. For more information, visit thecrossroadsmarket.com.