Head to Randolph, New York on Saturay, June 17th for their annual Arts & Crafts Festival. The day will be filled with art vendors, dance performances, children's activities, fun contests and of course, plenty of shopping and dining. Come out for the day, or make it an overnight stay! With so much to enjoy, you'll want to make a weekend of it! Find the complete schedule at www.enjoyrandolph.org.
Explore the handmade wares of more than 60 artists and crafters along Main Street in historic downtown Randolph, New York! This is a great place to find beautiful décor for your home and garden, like painted wooden signs, hand-carved birdhouses, and lawn signs. Pamper yourself with a sensual treat from Sugar Plum Fairy’s variety of handmade bath products or Rose & Mags Country Mile’s massage oil candles. There’s also a delicious assortment of foods including maple syrup, Franklin’s kettle corn, and local honey. New this year: fresh Amish donuts will be for sale - while they last! Be sure to stop by Peaches ‘n Cream’s booth for a delicious ice cream cone, fresh produce, potted flowers and hanging baskets.
There’s so much for everyone to enjoy at the festival, including a variety of activities for even the youngest members of the family. Sundance Farms Petting Zoo will be a part of this year’s festival: meet Mike Morton’s goats, rabbits, turtles and more! Right next to the petting zoo, you’ll find Eagle Dream Rehabilitation Center’s Birds of Prey display, which includes rescued owls, falcons, and even an American bald eagle. Caricature artist Chris Schroeder will set up from 11am-2pm to draw your portrait, and face painter Caren Hurlburt will create a fun design on your cheek (or your whole face)! Don’t forget to try your throwing arm at the dunk tank, sponsored by Randolph Retail Company and Simply Natural Alpaca Gift Shop.
It’s time to get your lovable, furry friend groomed and ready for Randolph’s annual Dog Show! At 10:45am, bring your dog to the triangle park near the main intersection to register for the contest and line up for the dog parade. Beginning at 11am, dogs and their owners will march past the judges and along Main Street for all vendors and festival-goers to enjoy. Contest categories include: smallest dog, largest dog, most unique dog, best dressed dog, friendliest dog, fluffiest dog, and more! The winners will receive a special certificate and prizes sponsored by Stillwater Feeds of Randolph and the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation.
BEAUTIFUL BABY CONTEST
Senn-sations Salon and Day Spa, located at 150 Main Street, is sponsoring a Beautiful Baby Contest! An annual favorite, the contest is open to all babies under the age of one with registration beginning at 11am on the lawn in front of the salon. Salon owner Jennifer Senn and her stylists Amelia Grabowski, Lisa Caswell and Jessica Nagle are looking forward to meeting the adorable entrants and their proud parents and grandparents. Judging will begin at noon and a Beautiful Baby King and Queen will be crowned. Prizes are sponsored by Senn-sations Salon. For more information on this year’s Beautiful Baby Contest, call the salon at 716-358-2265 or email email@example.com.
At 1pm, the dancers of Randolph’s Expressions Performing Arts Center will perform at the intersection of Main and Bank Streets. The performance includes several choreographed numbers including high energy jazz/contemporary performances, hip hop routines, and an impressive tumbling routine right on Main Street! Expressions Performing Arts Center is located at 75 Main Street and offers classes year ‘round in ballet, tap, pom, tumbling, jazz, and more. Owner Melissa Anderson is excited to share the news that her dancers are currently preparing for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which they will march in next year! You won’t want to miss their exciting performance!
JOHN DEERE RAFFLE
Enter to win a John Deere D105 Riding Mower! You can see the mower for yourself at Randolph Auto Supply, where it will be displayed until the festival. Raffle tickets are on sale now at the following Randolph businesses: Cardinal Café, Cattaraugus County Bank, Community Bank, Randolph Auto Supply, Randolph Retail Company, and Yarn for Ewe. Ticket prices are 2 for $5, 6 for $10 and 15 for $20. Ticket proceeds benefit the RACDC, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Tickets will also be available during the festival at the RACDC information booth at the corner of Main and Bank Streets, and the winner will be drawn at the conclusion of the festival at 5pm (need not be present to win).
The festival is the perfect time to check out Randolph’s small businesses on Main Street. Shop Inkley’s Pharmacy & Gift Shop for gifts, jewelry, cards and toys. Just a few doors down, Randolph Retail Company carries a beautiful variety of women’s fashions including dresses, scarves, purses, jewelry and other accessories, as well as home décor items such as candles, garden flags, and painted signs. Just next door is Yarn for Ewe, where you can find a range of yarn, needles, notions and patterns from companies including Berroco, Cascade, Euro Yarns, Sirdar and more. Knitting classes are taught on a weekly basis and other upcoming classes include Swedish Weaving and Beach Glass Jewelry making!
DINING & LODGING
Start the day with a great breakfast from R&M Restaurant at 265 Main Street, where breakfast is served all day, and you can even eat in the Amish buggy! The new R Cardinal Café at 133 Main Street serves a variety of tasty subs, flatbreads, salads, pies, cookies, and cakes - all homemade! Enjoy a delicious chicken BBQ served all day during the festival at Pete’s Place at 97 Main Street just beyond the intersection. With a full day of activities at the festival, you may want to stay the night in Randolph, and the Inn at One Bank Street (pictured) is the perfect place! Choose from one of their beautiful rooms or suites, which are pet-friendly and include free Wifi. Call the innkeeper, Ann, at 716-358-2022 to book your stay!