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Two First-Time Area Events offer Music, Adventure and Horsey Fun


Gowanda Chamber of Commerce is holding the first annual Gowanda Zoar Valley Fest & Jamboree on May 11–12. On Friday, the 13th annual Crouse 5K Challenge will start at the American Legion Post #409. Race start time is 6:30 p.m. To register for the 5K, visit


Saturday’s events include competitive kayaking, rafting, guided hiking into Zoar Valley, as well as horse and carriage rides to the gorge. A world premiere film, “Empire,” featuring adventure sports on New York State whitewaters will be shown at the Historic Hollywood Theater at 6:30 p.m. Vendors, exhibitors and fly fishing demo will take place at Creekside Park all day.  Camping is available and the Gowanda’s Cub Scout Pack #276 will be providing breakfast for a nominal price.


Also on Saturday, various musicians will be performing throughout the day, capped by a concert by country singer Sean Patrick McGraw from 8 p.m. until 12 midnight. For pre-registration information, event details or to reserve a campsite, visit or call (716) 532-2834.


The First Annual Cattaraugus County Horse Show Series (CCHSS) has three events planned for the season. All three events include game classes at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night, such as reverse keyhole, cloverleaf barrel racing, and pole bending, including five divisions – walk/trot, youth, junior, senior and open. Performance classes start Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. and include 15 divisions. The CCHSS sponsors 50 percent payback in all performance and game classes, except added money classes where the winner takes all at $50. There are no paybacks for walk/trot games.


Show dates include the Spring Starter, May 11–13; Summer Independence, July 7–8; and Fall Finisher, Sept. 21–23.  Proceeds from the shows stay in Cattaraugus County and will be used to benefit local youth and local charities.

All shows are held at the Little Valley Fair Grounds and the concession stand will be open for refreshments throughout the weekend. The show will be run by AQHA rules and regulations, and they will implement the New York State helmet laws for youth under 14 years of age. Pre-entry is required. For a list of entry fees, go to For more information, e-mail or call Rick Warner at (716) 353-2306 or Courtney Warner at (716) 307-8263.

The CCHSS was started in 2012 and was founded with the idea of offering something new and different to horse show families. Lee Schmittendorf, one of the committee members, stated, “We are hoping for 150-180 entries but you never know with a new show.”  All riders are welcome!


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