By Rebecca LaBorde
The first annual Zoar Valley Festival was a success. Hundreds of visitors strolled through Creekside Park to check out the vendors. Some vendors displayed original art like Jeff Freier or gave wine samples at the Willow Creek Winery table. Sarah Nellis, the Western New York representative for People to People had an information table set up. She is their student ambassador to Europe this summer.
Paul Zittle and Pure Country performed at Creekside Park, which motivated some people to dancing. Rafting down the Cattaraugus Creek drew about 20 adventurous people and 60 people attended the film at the Hollywood Theater.
Later in the day, at Fireman’s Park there was music by Blood Money Band and a unique added attraction. Maria Rolo gave a live performance in the art of hula hooping with handcrafted hula hoops. Rolo is from South Towns in Orchard Park and leads fitness classes and gives instruction on how to hula hoop. Approximately 200 people attended Sean Patrick McGraw’s evening concert at Fireman’s Park.
Mary Pankow, a member of the Gowanda Chamber of Commerce, stated, “We are already planning next year’s events and hope to offer more activities at Zoar Valley Fest 2013. This was truly a learning experience, but we have received much positive feedback so far.”
With even more activities slated for next time, this festival is sure to gain momentum in the coming years.