CATTARAUGUS COUNTY FAIR
July 31-August 6
Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds
501 Erie St., Little Valley, NY
Come experience a summer tradition that has lasted 175 years and still going strong! View the animal barns and shows, ride the rides, tour the booths and games, or enjoy the day and night entertainment in the grandstands! From the Monster Mash Truck Rally to the Big Rig Truck Pull to the World’s Largest Demolition Derby, there’s plenty of entertainment to keep you coming back each day! Headlining this year’s fair is 4X Grammy nominated country artist Joe Nichols in concert on Thursday, Aug. 3 at 8pm, with special guests, Western New York’s very own, West of the Mark. Joe Nichols is one of country music’s most praised traditional country artists. Nichols has six #1 hits and eight Top 10 singles to his credit, including chart-toppers like "Brokenheartsville," "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" and "Gimmie That Girl," and Top 10 smashes like "The Impossible," "If Nobody Believed In You," "What's A Guy Gotta Do," "Size Matters," "I'll Wait For You," "Undone," and “Yeah." Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Fair’s Box Office at 716-938-9146. For more information including ticket pricing and details about all the other exciting events and exhibits at this year’s Cattaraugus County Fair, head to the website listed above.
HUMPHREY BLUEBERRY DAY
Saturday, Aug. 12
Humphrey Fire Dept.
4591 Humphrey Rd., Humphrey, NY
716-307-8560 or 716-557-2049
Celebrate all things blueberry at the annual Humphrey Blueberry Day! Since 1996 the community of Humphrey has come together to celebrate Blueberry Day, featuring an all-you-can-eat blueberry pancake breakfast ($5 adults, $3 for children under 10), raffles, games, blueberry dessert contest, bake sale, and other family-oriented activities. Funds raised from Blueberry Day have helped the local volunteer fire department, paid for town beautification projects, and funded other quality of life endeavors. The core of Blueberry Day is the involvement of friends and neighbors who organize and conduct the event. Childs Blueberries is a widely regarded and highly successful blueberry farm located on top of the hills of Humphrey. Ideal soil and weather and a deep family tradition produces the finest blueberries in the world and a community partner.
RALLY IN THE VALLEY
Village of Allegany and Main Street Firemen’s Park
The bikes are back in town! Gowanda Harley Davidson and the Enchanted Mountain Motorcycle Enthusiasts will host the 15th Annual Rally in the Valley Aug. 16-20, with proceeds from the event benefitting a host of community charities. Poor Cow Leather will kick-start this year’s festivities in the Wal-Mart plaza parking lot at 6pm on Wednesday, Aug. 16th. Come Thursday evening, enjoy the “Banking on a Good Time” street dance sponsored by Community Bank beginning at 7pm on Main Street in downtown Allegany with music by StickTights and food by Sparky’s. On Friday, the Bike Parade will make its way from Poor Cow Leather off Route 417 and roar down the streets of Allegany to the Firemen’s Park. Activities at the park will include a vendor show, live music, food and beverage by the fire department and fireworks. Return on Saturday for the Dennis Jones Memorial Dice Run, Eade’s Fitness Tire Toss, bike games, and live entertainment by Counterfeit at 4:30pm and Steel Reign at 8pm. Sunday’s activities include the Rally Regatta, Classic Car Show, music, winner announcements, and closing ceremonies. Find a complete schedule of events at the website listed above.
Friday, August 18
North Union Street, Olean, NY
With the dust now settled after two long years of construction to North Union Street, The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and city leadership are inviting the community out for a night on the town. Working with the city and members of the business community, the Chamber is announcing a new event to do just that. Dubbed “StrOlean,” the event aims to bring folks to the downtown shopping district for an evening of fun. StrOlean will feature a host of events - such as mini concerts and outdoor movie screenings - up and down North Union Street for the community to enjoy. The start time of each event will be coordinated to give attendees a chance to attend as many as possible. “For two years those of us living in the greater Olean area were all affected in one way or another by North Union Street’s overhaul. Our downtown businesses especially bore the brunt of the construction,” said Larry Sorokes, the Chamber’s CEO. “Similar to Farm City Days from decades ago, our hope is that StrOlean will encourage the community to spend time in downtown Olean. We’re also encouraging the merchants who line North Union to take advantage of the event by staying open a little later or offering meal specials and sales.” The Chamber is working with the city to allow business that aren’t located in downtown Olean to set up booths along the street that evening. StrOlean is also a means for the community to show off what downtown Olean has to offer to those from out of town, as it coincides with the start of the annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. “The Macker tournament brings thousands to our city, with many participants from out of town coming down a day or two early,” Sorokes said. “The tournament with its expected influx of visitors to our city provides the perfect opportunity to see what Olean has to offer.