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   Things are really starting to heat up in the Enchanted Mountains as we head into the month of July.  You’ll find events of all sorts throughout Cattaraugus County - from fundraising for our four-legged friends and cultural inspiration of the Seneca Nation, to festivities on the water and celebrations of art in our parks.  There’s no room for boredom when you plan your weekends in our slice of New York State.  Here are just a few July events you may want to pencil in …
 
GIVE THE DOG A BONE
 
   Calling all pet lovers! During the weekend of July 13-14, the Cattaraugus County SPCA will hold their annual “Give the Dog a Bone Tour” at Allegany Firemen’s Park, 188 West Main Street in Allegeny, NY.  Now in its 19th year, this four-legged friendly event offers the public a fun and exciting way to help save an animal’s life.
   Over fifteen of the area’s hottest bands have generously donated their time and talent to rock event-goers both Saturday and Sunday, all in the name of raising funds for homeless dogs and cats of the SPCA.  You can expect to see plenty of food and merchandise vendors set up, and camping is available for those who really want to make a true weekend of it.
   Bring your pet (leash required) and enter him/her in the popular dog pageant.  Other events planned include a Dice Run, Pound Pong tournament, a huge Chinese auction, trash/treasure sale and more!  T-shirts will be available for sale, and several pets from the SPCA will be on-location looking for caring homes, so be prepared to fall love.
   You can pick up your pre-sale ticket for this year’s Give the Dog a Bone Tour at the SPCA for just $5, which entitles you to $5 in Doggie Dollars to use at the event.  Or purchase a Give the Dog a Bone Tour button for $10 which not only gets you into the event both days, but also gets you entered into a drawing for one of eight awesome prizes - including (2) cruises for two, a spa package, a golf package, a buy one/get one free airfare to anywhere in the USA, hotel stays, and a 32” flatscreen TV!
   For more information about the Give the Dog a Bone Tour, please contact the Cattaraugus County SPCA at 716-372-8492 or click over to www.spcacattco.webstarts.com.  Search “The SPCA in Cattaraugus County” on Facebook to keep tabs on new details about the event as they are released.  The Give the Dog a Bone Tour is the largest fundraiser for the SPCA, and wouldn’t be possible without the support of the general public.  Sponsorships for this year’s event are available to businesses and individuals interested, as are volunteer opportunities.  The Cattaraugus County SPCA is located at 2944 Hinsdale Highway (Route 16) in Olean, NY 14760.
   More than ever, the SPCA needs you … and so do many of our four-legged friends!  See you July 13-14 in Allegany, NY!
 
EXPERIENCE SENECA NATION CULTURE
 
   Take some time this July to actively seek out a first-hand experience of the Seneca Nation of Indians.  The Seneca Allegany Casino Veterans Pow Wow will return to Veterans Park in Salamanca, NY during the weekend of July 19-21.  This family-friendly, alcohol-free event which celebrates the culture and heritage of the Seneca Indians, features real Native American arts and crafts, authentic Native American foods such as shortcakes, corn soup and fried breads, as well as plenty of entertainment with live drum and smoke dance competitions, and educational exhibits.
   Famous for their pageantry of colors and dance, Pow Wows are held all over North America.  Many singers, dancers, and vendors follow the Pow Wow trail across the entire continent to celebrate their respective cultures and compete.  Hundreds of visitors attend the Salamanca Pow Wow each year to witness the action of Native dancers ranging in age from newborn to 90, dressed in beautifully-colored and intricately-beaded Iroquois and Plains Indian designed dance attire.  The weekend will also spotlight a Grand Entry Parade (Friday evening), symbolizing the Seneca people’s deep respect and appreciation for all veterans, both native and non-native.
   If you’ve never experienced a Pow Wow, make it a point this month to travel to Salamanca. It will be a phenomenon that will likely stay with you for the rest of your life.  For more information on this year’s Pow Wow event, go to www.senecapowwow.org.
 
ONOFEST ROCKS THE MARINA
 
   Tucked away in the southwest corner of Cattaraugus County and hidden in the rolling hills of the Alleghenies is one of the area’s best kept secrets … Onoville Marina.  Located on the 12,000-acre Allegheny Reservoir, the marina sits just north of the Allegheny National Forest and west of Allegany State Park, and has long been noted as one of the Chautauqua-Allegany region’s finest, yet most affordable marinas.  What’s even better is that each summer the marina hosts a slammin’ party that has become quite popular for friends and families of all ages … get ready for the best water party of the season!
     Onofest is a fun, festive, one-day affair held each year at the Onoville Marina in Steamburg, NY.  Spend a day on the water with good company on Saturday, July 27 from 11am-9:30pm. Price for admittance is only $5 a carload (so bring a big vehicle and pack all your friends and family inside!  Don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets too!)
   Enjoy live music all day and evening, with fireworks over the water to conclude the summer celebration at night.  Many local businesses and craft vendors will set up their display tents on-site, and there will be plenty of food and drinks to go around. 
   Enter Onoville Marina at 704 West Perimeter Road in Steamburg (8 miles south of exit 17 off I-86), or boat in from the reservoir.  Spend a few hours or the entire day soaking in the sun and hanging out in a happenin’ atmosphere. For full details, head to www.onoville.org.
 
CONNECTING FOOD AND ART
 
   There’sonly one place where you can sample some of the area’s most mouthwatering menu items and browse a plethora of awe-inspiring art all at the same time.  Enter the Taste of Olean and Art in the Park, this year scheduled for Sunday, July 28 from 11am-5pm.
   Organized by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and Cattaraugus County Arts Council, approximately 15-20 restaurants and a host of artists will set up shop at Jamestown Community College’s Cattaraugus County Campus, 260 N. Union Street in Olean, NY.
   The Taste will entice event-goers to loosen their belts, as each restaurant will offer a variety of menu items to sample - anything from gourmet pizza to German potato salad to hot apple pie.  It’s a great opportunity to dine at a number of restaurants all in one day, and perhaps discover a new favorite dish.  Admission to the event is free!  Pay as you eat!
   On the flip side, artists from towns throughout New York State will display their works in a wide variety of mediums for Art in the Park.  As Olean’s original juried outdoor art exhibition, 2013 celebrates 64 years running, and the Cattaraugus County Arts Council is pleased to be the returning producer of this historic event.
   For anyone who has yet to attend either the Taste of Olean or Art in the Park, here’s a little bit of advice: dress for the weather, bring your appetite, and stash some extra spending money in your pocket because you never know what treasures you will find.
   For more information about this year’s Taste of Olean and Art in the Park, call the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 716-372-4433 or go online to either www.oleanny.com or www.myartscouncil.net.
 
OTHER EVENTS IN JULY
 
   As if the above weren’t enough, here are some other exciting happenings taking place in Cattaraugus County during the month of July that you may want to try and squeeze into your busy events schedule:
   South Dayton Fire Department Tractor Pull: Head to the South Dayton Firemen’s Grounds July 6-7 for two days of revving engines and spraying dirt, as tractors of all sizes go the distance to take home top honors.  Kids love watching the competitions, and you’ll feel good knowing that you’re helping to raise funds for the fire department.  The South Dayton Fire Department Grounds is located at 34 Maple Street, South Dayton, NY 14138, phone 716-988-3688.
   Randolph’s Town-Wide Lawn Sales: Looking to snag some good deals?  Head to Randolph, NY (located just off the I-86 at exit 16) July 12-13 for their annual town-wide lawn sale.  You’ll spend a full afternoon rummaging through the many participating homes and businesses and are bound to find some great items.  Maps will be available that weekend at Inkley Pharmacy and Randolph Retail Company, making it easy for you to plan your route.  Round out your trip to Randolph with a meal at McMurdey’s Family Diner, and be sure to stop into the many fine retail shops that line Main Street, including The Pickle Barrel.  Make it an overnight and book a stay at the newly opened Inn at One Bank Street.  Randolph is also home to Peaches & Cream, a family-owned produce stand offering a huge selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, homemade fudge, hanging baskets, bedding plants and more!  Click over to www.randolphny.com for a complete list of restaurants, shopping stores, and accommodations.
   S.T.A.R.S. Rally Airshow: Scale model aeronautics is a hobby enjoyed by a great number of people - perhaps more than you realize.Come see hundreds of radio controlled aircraft fly through the skies at the Olean Airport July 13-14. The full scale grass runway will not only host aircraft operators, but crafter displays and vendors will be on location as well, providing a well rounded weekend of entertainment.  The S.T.A.R.S. Flying Club #563 is an AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) Chartered Club dedicated to promoting the hobby of building and flying radio controlled model aircraft.  The club holds monthly meetings to provide members and enthusiasts alike with current information about Club events, member activities and projects involving the hobby of model aeronautics.  Learn more about the club at the upcoming airshow.  The Olean Airport is located at 5420 Hatch Hill Road, Ischua, NY 14743, phone 716-372-1137.
   Italian Festival: Come be Italian for a day (or two) at the annual Italian Festival in Olean.  Enjoy Italian-American cuisine, music and fun games for both kids and adults during the weekend of July 20-21. The Italian Festival is held each year at St. John Church, 931 North Union Street, Olean, NY 14760, phone 716-372-5313.
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