There’s a new event coming to Olean - one that’s sure to be an annual tradition that the whole family will enjoy! Amped Up Events, LLC, Western New York’s premier event host, will showcase the Olean Outdoor Festival Aug. 25-26 at Bradner Stadium, East State Street in Olean. Friday’s activities take place from 5-11pm and Saturday’s activities run from 10am-11pm. In the words of Jamie Hamed, owner of Amped Up Events, LLC, “I wanted to have an event that was just knock-your-socks-off fun … something that the whole family could come and enjoy and also something that would fit all ages! I love the natural amenities we have, such as the river, and I wanted to see them get more use.” Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 8-16 (free for children under 8). Best of all, proceeds will benefit a variety of local and national organizations including the Rehabilitation Center, HomeCare and Hospice, Make a Wish Buffalo and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Learn more at www.oleanoutdoorfest.com.
COMEDY NIGHT: Get ready to laugh Friday at 6:30pm. The In Jest Comedy Variety Show with Dan Viola and Nels Ross is a clean, family-friendly show featuring stand-up comedy, juggling and awesome stunts that have wowed audiences across the country. Leading man Ross hails from Buffalo and studied mathematics, education and theater at the University at Buffalo, toured with a nonprofit circus, trained with Broadway and Cirque du Soleil instructors, and has taught performing arts and life skills workshops across the U.S. In Jest’s mission is “to promote joy and goodwill through uplifting presentations that help people live, laugh, love, and learn,” and their show will do just that!
LIVE MUSIC: Enjoy live music both nights of the festival from local bands! On Friday, Olean area band Vapor will perform from 8-11pm. Members Steve Ruszkowski, Gary London, John Rimer and Sandi Rimer make up this fun and entertaining band, which covers classics and 80s hits that few other bands play! On Saturday, Darkwater Duo of Bradford, PA will take the stage from 7-11pm. Members Dave McGarry and Rick Griesbaum give a modern take on acoustic music by focusing on their harmonies, guitar work and complex foot samples. These seasoned area bands promise to put on a good show for this brand new festival!
5K COLOR RACE: Saturday’s festivities begin with the 5K Color Race at 10am. Registration check-in at Bradner Stadium begins at 8:30am, and all participants will be micro-chipped and timed. The fee is $40 per participant, and registration forms are available at www.oleanoutdoorfest.com. Those who register by Aug. 10 will receive free festival admission and a free t-shirt. Use promo code SAVE10 if you register by Aug. 10. Runners of all ages are welcome to participate, although minors must be accompanied by an adult. A $100 cash prize will be awarded to the fastest runner. Experience the fun of a color run by getting blasted with cornstarch-based powder at the two color dusting stations along the 5K route!
KAYAK REGATTA DICE RUN: Take in the beautiful Allegheny River in Saturday’s regatta! Boat drop off is from 8am-noon at the intersection of W. River Road and Gleason Hollow Road just off of Rt. 305 outside of Portville. Register at the stadium from 10am-1pm; a bus service to take participants back to the launch site runs 10:30am-1:30pm. $40 per participant (forms available online.) Register by Aug. 10 and receive free festival admission and a free t-shirt. Use promo code SAVE10 if postmarked by Aug. 10. Open to participants ages 8+; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Three pit stops, with a $200 first place prize for the highest dice score. (Check the site in the event of cancellation due to high river conditions.)
CHICKEN WING CONTEST: If you love wings, then the festival’s Best Chicken Wing Contest is your destination on Saturday! The contest runs from 2-6pm and all Western New York restaurants are welcome to participate. Sampling tickets will be sold to festival-goers on the day of the event: the cost is just $10 for 4 sampling tickets plus 1 voting ticket. Get out those wet naps because you’re sure to taste some great flavors! (You may even find a new favorite chicken wing!) The winning restaurant will receive the Best Wing Trophy and bragging rights, of course! Participating restaurants will be listed on the website, where bar/restaurant registration forms are available.
ARCHERY COMPETITION: The Archery Competition will be held on Saturday from noon-6pm; check-in is 30 minutes prior to your assigned shooting time slot. Open to male and female archers ages 16 and older; both compound and traditional bows are allowed. The registration fee is $40; those who register by Aug. 10 will receive free festival admission and a free t-shirt. Use promo code SAVE10 for $10 off if postmarked by Aug. 10. A $250 first place prize will be awarded for each compound hunting bow, compound competition bow, and traditional bow with a minimum of 25 participants per class. For a full list of rules, including registration forms, visit www.oleanoutdoorfest.com.
FOOD / CRAFTS / BEER TENT: Be sure to bring your appetite to the festival, as there will be a variety of food vendors and a beer/wine tasting tent. Local restaurants and food vendors will be participating on both days of the festival, including Sinfully Delicious, Bar-B-Q and several others. Enjoy a refreshing beverage from area wineries and breweries at the tasting tent, which is open to festival goers ages 21 and older at no additional charge. Crafters and direct sellers will be set up for a fun shopping experience - shop Lipsense, Lularoe, Avon, and many more! Those who would like to participate as a food or craft vendor can find registration forms on the website.
FAMILY FUN: In addition to the family-friendly comedy show on Friday, families and children can enjoy three large bounce houses, which include a slide, on both Friday and Saturday. $10 tickets for the bounce house will be available to purchase at the festival; ticket holders can bounce for half the day with their ticket, while Mom and Dad check out the rest of the festival! Since there’s so much happening all weekend, why not stay and enjoy the entire festival? Camping is available both nights for $100 (up to 4 people) and includes admission for all 4 people both days. Or camp alone for both nights for $75. Campsites will be located in Forness Park, and campers can bring their own firewood for small campfires.