Ellicottville has plenty of events to keep your July schedule an exciting one ...
ELLICOTTVILLE CHAMPIONSHIP RODEO
One of the largest IPRA/APRA sanctioned rodeos in the Northeast, complete with bronco bustin’, bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing … even stick horse racing for the kids! Indulge in some of the best chicken BBQ around! Vendors, refreshments, and over 350+ rodeo athletes competing for cash prizes! Come out and enjoy a family tradition with a step back in time to wild and western non-stop action. Gates open at 5pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the rodeo kicking off at 7pm. On Sunday, gates open at noon with the rodeo starting at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $17 adults, $9.00 children, kids 5 and under are free.
SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
It’s no secret that Ellicottville is famous for its eclectic festival
schedule, truly offering something for everyone. One of the
biggest weekends of the year is the annual Summer Music Festival. Plenty of excitement will take over the village and Holiday Valley Resort this Independence Day weekend, with an amazing palette of arts & crafts vendors, a pet parade, strawberry festival, and outdoor concerts. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform on Saturday, July 5 with a beautiful fireworks display to follow. National recording artists and this year’s festival headliner, The Gin Blossoms, will take the stage on Sunday, July 6. Both concerts will be held on the slopes of Holiday Valley where you are invited to bring a picnic basket and enjoy the warm summer evening. Tickets to the concerts at HV can be purchased at the gate for $35 apiece. For those arriving into town on Friday, get your celebration started early with the newly created “Top of the Mountain Party” …
$40 per person will get you a chairlift ride to the top of Holiday Valley’s Mardi Gras slope, where you’ll be greeted with plenty of food, beverages, live entertainment and a summertime view like no
Thursdays, July 10 - Aug. 7
The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce presents a FREE concert series each summer, sponsored by Five Star Bank. Performances are held each Thursday evening from 7-9pm at the Village Gazebo. Bring a chair, a blanket, a picnic … bring the whole family! Each week will spotlight a different genre - choose your style, or come enjoy them all!
July 10: The Lake Effect (mens a-cappella)
July 17: Wood Candy (50’s rock n’ roll)
July 24: Mirage with Vanessa Elder, Guest Vocalist (world flavored music, Nuevo flamenco, and pop fusion)
July 31: Porcelain Train (Americana trio)
Aug. 7: Stone Row (contemporary celtic)
Sunday, July 13
SIX HOURS OF POWER
The Hammer drops at Holiday Valley Resort for this grueling event, which continues to draw the most hard-core mountain bike racers in an annual test of endurance and stamina. Ten-mile laps of blazing single track, climbs and descents in and around the resort and surrounding state land invite solo and tag-team formats. See how you stack in a field of riders that toe the line knowing anything can happen during a day filled with white knuckle mountain bike racing action! On-site primitive tent camping is available within walking distance to the starting line; trailer parking available off Route 219 across from The Wall ski slope, or book a room at a number of hotels, condos and rental homes in Ellicottville. Pre-register for this exciting event to guarantee an event t-shirt and your place on the starting line.
Wednesday, July 16
EDDIE SZPAICHER GOLF CLASSIC
For those of you who knew Ellicottville legend, Eddie Szpaicher, you know he loved golf and kids. For the 3rd year, a tournament in his memory, followed by dinner, will be held at Holiday Valley Resort. An added feature to this event is the FREE registration party the evening prior (July 15) featuring music and hor d’oeuvres served at HV’s Cabana Bar. For a great day of golf with superb prizes, book early to claim your spot. All proceeds will go to the Eddie Szpaicher Scholarship Fund, which will be used to reward a deserving college-bound graduate from Ellicottville Central School. Pre-registration:
DANCIN & ROMANCIN – AMERICANA WEEKEND WITH HILLBILLY STYLE
Local resident Bob McCarthy is at it again, bringing some unique entertainment to Ellicottville. Kicking off this year’s Americana Folk Art & Music Fair, a new event dubbed “Dancin & Romancin” will be coupled with Hillbilly NASCAR on Friday, July 18 beginning at 7pm at the Rotary Auditorium/Ellicottville Town Center. Six Hillbilly racing teams on souped up (or should we say beat up) lawn tractors will challenge each other on a course full of hazards and wild turns. But it’s not just top finishers that will take home the glory. Each team will also be judged on the looks of their machines as well as their racing outfits … interesting to say the least! Following the race, crowds will gather into the Rotary Auditorium for a good old-fashioned hillbilly/country get-together featuring the fabulous “Twobadours” who will serenade the audience in true hillbilly fashion. So bring your better half or grab one on the dance floor and get ready for some down home dancin & romancing ‘til the wee hours. Expect some surprises throughout the night, complimentary beer & shine (wine), and you’ve got yourself a great evening of fun and entertainment, all for only $10 per person. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ellicottville. Tickets are available at the Gin Mill, Katy’s Café and E-Ville Spirits.
JAZZ & BLUES WEEKEND
Don’t Don’t sing the blues this summer – come out and enjoy them instead! Whether you like to bebop, boogie or simply want to curl up in a chair and listen, Ellicottville’s Jazz & Blues Weekend is the place to visit. The village will be alive with performances all weekend long, in restaurants, nightclubs and even curb-side.
Bring your dancin’ shoes to the streets of Ellicottville and get ready for a good time! All of the venues are within walking distance of each other, so once you arrive, park the car and enjoy the fresh mountain air on foot. One performance not to be missed: Hoagy and the Blues Bombers will set up on the new outdoor patio at Madigan’s, located on EVL’s main drag, on Saturday evening from 5-9pm. This high-energy, Up-Town blues band has been playing all over Western New York since the 1990’s, featuring everything from jazzy blues to the downright dirty. Get a taste of their style at www.hoagysbluesbombers.com
INTERNATIONAL BOW HUNTERS COMPETITION
The IBO World Championships will return to Holiday Valley, bringing with it thousands of qualified archers and their families from around the world to shoot for the world title as well as cash and prizes. Vendor booths, practice and defense ranges will open up on the 7th with qualifying rounds starting on the 8th. The Holiday Valley Archery Festival will be held in conjunction with the IBO event, inviting non-qualified shooters who would like to try out the world class range – open to ALL archers. Admission is $45 and pre-registration is required. This is a great event for everyone, even if you don’t compete. Come out and enjoy the trade show and watch the entrants vie for top spots in many different divisions. There’s even a Future Bowhunters division for young children!
TASTE OF ELLICOTTVILLE
If you’re a food lover, you’ll love the annual Taste. Over 20 restaurants put their best (slip resistant) foot forward, truly touching on all types of food and drink, as they set up café style on the streets of downtown for your mouth-watering enjoyment. And it’s affordable too! Tickets are $1 each and can be purchased at designated ticket booths set up during the event (noon-4pm both days); menu items range between $1 and $4. Maps and menus will be available the week of the event, making it easy to plan your top stops.