Art, Sports, Barbeques and Bikes ...

   Summertime in the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County is a fantastic time of year to indulge in the many flavors offered throughout our communities.  You’re going to want to sink your teeth into a couple of tasty upcoming weekends, including the Allegany Rockin’ Ribfest in Salamanca, and the Taste of Ellicottville.  But aside from attending these calorie-packed activities, families should also plan on fitting some other summer-fun events onto their August calendar, including the Full Moon Family Beach Party at Allegany State Park, and the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and Rally In the Valley motorcycle extravaganza - both based in Olean.  Here’s the scoop to keep the remainder of your summer schedule busy:
   Come spend a fun summer’s evening at Red House Beach as Allegany State Park and the Cattaraugus County Arts Council team up once again for their 6th annual Beach Party on Friday, Aug. 9 from 6-10pm in Salamanca, NY.  The event not only offers various activities for the entire family, but also acts as an outlet for the Arts Council’s semi-annual art show and silent auction.  This year’s art show, labeled “Works on Wood,” will feature local artists’ interpretation of camp stools, signs, baskets and hiking sticks - with maybe a few surprises thrown in!
   Local artists were asked to raid their basements, attics, garages, etc. to find pieces to transform into works of art.  Even unique items from area beaches and local trash days were salvaged and reused.  The result: a unique display of items that will appeal to animal lovers, campers, outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, those with a passion for Allegany State Park and everyone in between!
   Pieces are currently on display in the Quaker Store Museum of Allegany State Park.  On the afternoon of Aug. 9, they will be moved to the Red House Beach area of the park in preparation for the silent auction, which will take place that evening during the Beach Party.  Art pieces can also be viewed at or on the Allegany State Park Facebook page.  All proceeds from the auction go towards arts programming in the park in conjunction with CCAC.
   The Beach Party will feature live music by ASP’s own artist-in-residence, Kevin McCarthy, followed by the band, New York Rockin’ Revue.  There will also be plenty of activities for kids to participate in, as well as a lifeguard competition, and maybe even the Limbo (everybody limber up!).  The night will cap off with a beautiful fireworks display over Red House Lake.
   Need more info?  Click over to the Cattaraugus County Arts Council’s website, www.myartscouncil.netor phone 716-372-7455.
   Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball is America's largest outdoor basketball tournament, and it is returning to Olean, NY for three days this August. The event, organized by the Olean High School Sports Booster and the Olean City School District Foundation, will take place Aug. 16-18 and is open to players of all ages and experience levels who are computer-matched by age, height and experience so that all participants can be competitive.
   Originating in Lowell, Michigan in 1974, Gus Macker has become a nationwide, family festival complete with food, retail vendors, music, and of course non-stop basketball action.  Gus Macker players will have the opportunity to participate in special contests, including a Three Point Shot competition, and a U.S. Air Force Slam Dunk competition. The Olean-Bradford YMCA will sponsor a KidZone both days.
  So far, close to 300 teams have registered for this year’s Olean stop.  If you’d like to get in on the tournament, call 716-372-9289 or 372-4433.  Additional information about this event can be found at
   After you’ve worked up a sweat competing in Olean’s Gus Macker, shoot over to Veterans Memorial Park in Salamanca, NY for the 2nd annual Allegany Rockin’ Ribfest, also to be held Aug. 16-18.  It promises to be a lip smackin’, barbeque sauce on your chin, family fun event.  Professional world champion barbeque teams will compete for trophies while offering their specialty prepared foods for you to enjoy.  Additional food vendors will be set up, along with art and craft vendors, and a music stage sponsored by Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, featuring live entertainment all weekend long.  Returning to the stage this year is “The Spirit of Johnny Cash” featuring Harold Ford, Laura Lucy and The Cash Band on Saturday at 7pm. (Flip to the back cover of this edition’s Summer Local for a complete list of the weekend’s live entertainment.)
   Other festival highlights include a “Ribs ‘n Rides Car & Bike Show” with awards on Saturday, a “Swine Time Parade” on Sunday, and a Kid Zone all three days, complete with bounce houses, trampolines, rock climbing walls and face painting.
   Admission into the Allegany Rockin’ Ribfest is FREE!  Free parking options are also available, or pay a $5 fee to park inside the gate, where you’ll be closer to all the action.  For all the details on this year’s festival, head to or call 716-945-2034.  
   The bikes will be heading back to Olean come Aug. 21-25, when the 11th Annual Rally in the Valley consumes Bradner Stadium – rain or shine.  Hosted by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, Gowanda Harley Davidson, and the Greater Olean Motorcycle Enthusiasts, the five-day event is a motorcycle rally with proceeds benefiting a host of community charities.  
   Expect to see and hear lots of motorcycles, as special events are planned for each day of the week, including a  motorcycle parade, a 130-mile Dice Run, bike contests and bike games.  There will be plenty of good food, live music, lots of vendors on-site, and entertainment for the kiddoes.  This year’s event will even see parachutists from Free Fall Oz who will “drop” into the stadium, and the BYOBW (Bring Your Own Big Wheel) adult race is sure to bring a few laughs.
   New this year: The Rally is expanding into War Veterans Park on Saturday, with the Street Masters Car Show.  The events will be connected via the tunnel under East State Street!  Hotrods, Ratrods, Kustoms, Classics, Muscle, Original, Burnfinds, Gassers, Drag Cars … come down and see the show!
   And just like previous years, everyone has the chance to win some great prizes, including a 2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide FLHX, or a 2012 CarMate Enclosed Two Bike Trailer.  Just purchase your ticket throughout the Rally ($20 apiece, or three for $50) and keep your fingers crossed that your ticket is drawn on Sunday, Aug. 25.
   This is just a small sample of what’s to be seen at this year’s Rally in the Valley.  For a complete schedule of events, call the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 716-372-4433 or hop on their website at
   As if the above weren’t enough, here are some other happenings taking place in Cattaraugus County during the month of August that you may be interested in checking out:
   Cattaraugus County Sportsmen’s Rendezvous: On Aug. 9-11, the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds in Little Valley will host the Catt. Co. Trappers Association’s Sportsmen’s Show, featuring conservation displays, archery, black powder, trapping, fishing, guns, taxidermy dealers, big buck club displays, sanctioned turkey calling contests and live seminars.  This is a non-alcoholic, family-friendly event; weekend camping is available.  Admission is $5 per carload.  Phone 716-557-2523 or 716-763-3416 for more information.
   Pfeiffer Nature Center “Know the Night”: Unlike humans, night creatures are well adapted to the dark.  Come learn and experience these differences in adaptation with fun adventure games and activities while you walk the trails of Pfeiffer Nature Center in the dark of the night.  Smell like the coyote, see like the owl, and signal like a firefly during this special workshop, to be held Saturday, Aug. 8 from 8-10pm at Pfeiffer Nature Center’s Eshelman Property in Portville, NY.  Cost is $5 for members; $10 for non-members.  Learn more at or call 716-933-0187.
   Little Valley Riders Annual Labor Day Trail Ride: Bring your horse or rent one from The Crosspatch Horse Ranch and enjoy the company of other equine enthusiasts Aug. 30-Sept. 2.  Camping is available at the Little Valley Horse Park, 5397 Route 353 in Little Valley, NY.  For details, call 716-440-0175 or click over to
   The Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, NY packs a summer season full of fun and exciting events.  For a complete list of activities, lodging facilities, eateries and more, visit Cattaraugus County Tourism on the web at or call 800-331-0543 for a free brochure.
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