The start of July provokes many wonderful feelings: Being able to feel the warm sun and knowing that it is here to stay ... at least for a little while. Excitement growing for summer vacation and summer trips. Pride and patriotism as America celebrates its birthday. The Enchanted Mountains of Western NY shows America's beauty at its finest. As you travel through the county on Rt. 62, Rt. 219, or along the I-86 thruway, you will glimpse portraits of spacious skies, hills covered with lush green trees, sparkling waters, and small businesses that are still pursuing the American dream. Cattaraugus County is home to agriculturists, varying cultures, and people proud of their heritage. In fact, there's nothing we love more than some good ol' fashioned fun during this patriotic month.
Fireworks bring the month in with a bang! Along with them come some of our best events. Ellicottville hosts a Summer Music Festival on the ski slopes of Holiday Valley, this year featuring the Buffalo Philharmonic on Saturday, July 4 and festival headline Blood, Sweat and Tears on Sunday, July 5. How about an honest-to-goodness rodeo complete with bronco bustin', bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and stick horse racing for the kids? Ellicottville has that also, during the annual Championship Rodeo on Sommerville Valley Road July 2-5. Fireworks can be seen going off each night of the rodeo. Allegany State Park offers perhaps the most beautiful backdrop for fireworks. Set over Quaker Lake, visitors are invited to bring their family, friends, and lawn chairs to enjoy the view of fireworks above the lake. Bring some hot dogs and burgers for the charcoal grills and make a whole day relaxing at this beautiful park. Bradner Stadium in Olean has long been a tradition for folks on the western side of our county looking for an amazing fireworks extravaganza. Gates open early with plenty of food and games, all adding up to the big display!
The Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino brings a rockin' good time to the area on July 3 as Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo make a stop at the Events Center on their 35th anniversary tour. Known as one of the biggest rock stars of the 80's this powerhouse duo's success includes "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", "Love is a Battlefield", "We Belong", and "Heartbreaker".
How about a little dirt-track racing to get you in the swing of summer? The Little Valley Fairgrounds is also home to the Little Valley Speedway. On Friday, July 3 you can enjoy jam-packed action with five different model races starting at 7pm. On Saturday, July 4 they will host a demolition derby. There's nothing quite like sitting in the bleachers, hearing the clash of cars while you cheer on your favorite. At the end of both nights is a fireworks spectacular as well!
Hobbyists from all over will make it a point to head to the Olean Airport for the STARS (Southern Tier Aero Radio Society) Rally. It is one of the largest Radio Controlled Model Aircraft Scale Rallies in New York State. Soak up the sun while you watch the models take to the skies over the 2,000-foot grass runway. Hundreds of types and sizes of scale aircraft will be flown, with the modelers available to answer your questions. Perhaps you, too, will leave with a new hobby! Take flight this year on July 11 from 10am-3pm.
The Enchanted Mountains is home to many small enchanting towns and villages, each celebrating their community and members. Portville Heritage Days recognizes their American small town charm on July 11. Relax while you meander through booths selling food, old time books and photographs, games, candy, balloons, live music, raffles, crafts and a vintage car show. Interact with the friendly folks of the Portville Historical and Preservation Society or with any of your neighbors at the pancake breakfast.
Onofestbrings the month of July to an end on the last Saturday of the month. Full of all the fun happenings of old-time festivals in the scenic Onoville Marina Park, this is a waterside festival alongside the banks of the Allegheny Reservoir with non-commercialized shoreline that spans miles (91 to be exact). Live music and fun are the focus of this festival. The headlining band set to take stage for this year's Onofest is the Hootz! They are an Alternative Country Rock Band from Western New York and quickly growing in popularity, with the award of WNY's #1 Country Band in September 2014.
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